Um baixista brilhante, em álbum primoroso, daqueles para ficar na história da casa sônica como das mais gratas descobertas do ano. Mesmo sendo ele postado ainda na 1ª metade do 1º semestre. Tá bom procê?
SOBRE SPACE FOR THE BASS:
Bassist John Goldsby is releasing Space for the Bass on August 11th, and No Treble got an early preview. Actually, I should say multiple previews… I’ve listened to it countless times already. You don’t want to miss this one.
John explains his desire to set out on his own: “After many years of either working for record companies or working as a sideman on other people’s records, I felt a need to take a more hands-on approach to producing and marketing my own music.”
Space for the Bass features 19 year-old alto saxophonist Francesco Cafiso, pianist Martin Sasse, alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer, and drummer Hans Dekker. Strassmayer and Dekker are also John’s bandmates in WDR Big Band, an ensemble employed at the radio and TV station in Cologne.
“Since we play with the WDR band about 180 days a year, it’s good to get outside of the big band format sometimes,” John shares.
The track “Blue Dahlia” is one of my favorites on the album. John explains the background for the tune:
“I wrote ‘Blue Dahlia’ in just a few minutes. I sat down at the piano and wanted to play a simple melody and then harmonize it in a very traditional way. I can hear the Duke and Mingus type voicings in the harmony—they always liked to play a simple melody and hang on the #5 or b9. They always say, “Steal from the best,” and I sure did steal a lot from Duke and Mingus! Their ballads always sounded beautiful to me, and I wanted to capture the kind of poignant feeling that they always seemed to achieve in their slow pieces. Karolina plays the melody perfectly—making some of the notes just painfully beautiful. With a good ballad, you should be able to just play the tune and have it sound good—no need for pyrotechnics or lots of chops. Just play the song.” (Fonte / No Treble). Atenção q há um vídeo excelente de "Blue Dahlia" neste link!
SOBRE JOHN GOLDSBY NO ALLMUSIC:
Steeped in the tradition of Jimmy Blanton and Oscar Pettiford, bassist John Goldsby was born and raised in Louisville, KY. During his early musical training, he played numerous instruments, including piano, guitar, and electric bass, before taking up the double bass at 18. At the time, Goldsby was working gigs with national acts traveling through his hometown that included Jimmy Rainey and Helen Humes. In 1980, he moved to New York and began developing associations with John Hicks, Benny Bailey, and Bob Wilber. In 1988, 1990, and 1993, Goldsby received jazz grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded the John Goldsby plays Oscar Pettiford concerts to critical acclaim. Goldsby spent several years as a jazz educator, teaching in Germany while working with the WDR (westdeutscher rundfunk) big band setting up television and radio projects with American musicians traveling through Europe. He has written two instructional method books: Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist and Bass Notes. Goldsby has been involved in various recordings over the years and released his first date, Tale of the Fingers, in 1993 on Concord.Querendo ouvir mais Goldsby, é só baixar o disquinho k embaixo. Foi com ele - e Paquito D'Rivera - que descobri a existência desse músico essencial.