Hope all is well!
Since the baby is sleeping, I thought I’d write up and share some bits of my favourite solo albums/EPs. I have friends currently working on and performing their own solo projects, so it got me thinking, I have to work on my own thing (as it’s something I’d like to try at least once) and there’s so much great music I have to revisit.
Here’s Thomas Stronen’s Pohlitz. This has been on in my car over the last few weeks, his sonic pallet is immense. Totally worth checking out. I couldn’t find a piece from the record on youtube, but here’s another solo piece of his (you should buy the record anyway).
Here’s Kim Cass and his solo bass record. I got this from Bandcamp recently on recommendation from a friend. When I checked it out, my ears melted. It’s a solo bass record with serious chops, but with poly rhythmic midi stuff going. Here’s a video to promote the EP and an explanation behind the creative process.
On of my favourite bass players ever is Peter Herbert and he has a solo bass record along with a book of transcriptions. It is available here. His record is totally worth checking out, but I can’t find any videos of any of the pieces featured on this record, so here’s him talking about his Joni Mitchell project;
Another solo record I have been checking out is Derek Bailey’s Ballads. This album is insane! I love his musical language, taking high action old-timey archtop sounding guitar into an avant-garde context.
Finally on my list I have Mary Halvorson. I haven’t bought this record yet, but when I was in New York in May 2014, I went to see her at Le Poisson Rouge. Here’s an example of what she does in her solo shows;
Those are what I’ve been checking out, but stuff that are imminent are……
May 27th, the guy who got me into all this jazz trouble, Huw Warren is doing a solo piano/quartet set at The Vortex. There will be a solo record to follow (bits of which I have heard), keep your ears peeled, it’s great!
Finally, here’s a video of me playing a version of Gruff Rhys’s Pwdin Wy 2.