In what seems to be a case of convergent evolution, two bassists wrote a pair of tunes that started with a nearly identical premise. Very simple - a single note on the bass repeated three times. And then something less simple - starting with that repeated-note bassline, spin out an engaging tune. This column will look at a few different versions of Ron Carter's "A Quick Sketch" and Cecil McBee's "D-Bass-ic Blues".
Marc Cary's Focus Trio, with Cary on keyboards, Burniss Earl Travis on bass, and Sameer Gupta on drums and percussion, just released their album Cosmic Indigenous. It's full of heavy grooves and a healthy dose of Indian ragas and 1970's Miles Davis influence (appropriately enough, the album includes the trio's take on Hermeto Pascoal's "Little Church", also found on Miles' Live-Evil). In addition to the core trio, the album also features vocalist Awa Sango and trumpeter Igmar Thomas on several tracks and contributions from some other friends - Tarus Mateen, Rashaan Carter, and Daniel Moreno, to name just a few. We've been talking about tracks from this album for a little while now as Cary has been releasing tracks from this for free for some months now, so it's very cool to see how this all came together. Check out the album after the jump.
Guitarist Alex Pinto has made a pretty decent EP of music with bassist Abhinav Khokhar and drummer Tarun Balani. Together, the trio are the group All India Permit and their three-song EP of compositions Pinto wrote while studying and teaching in India on a Fulbright Grant. These songs seem to unwind, lingering like a cat finding a sunbeam. They don't have a strong particular narrative arc to them, but seem to spread out like a blanket. Pinto dances about while Balani give some light touches on drums that work well together. It's a serviceable work that may be worth a listen. At just under fifteen minutes, it's definitely not a bad use of time. Check it out after the jump.
Viola master and string arranger extraordinaire Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has been posting videos to his YouTube account, many from an outstanding set live at Los Angeles' Blue Whale back in late June, over the last couple months promoting the release of his two new albums, Music for Dreams with his string quartet, Quartetto Fantastico, and his long-awaited solo debut which will make its way into the universe soon. While there feels like constant activity surrounding this virtuoso, especially with these videos seeing the world full of beautiful, swirling orginal new compositions from Atwood-Ferguson, this release will sure to delight once it sees the light of day. Check out a video of the tune "Death Star", shot by Alex Chaloff, after the jump and you may want to bounce around some of the other videos MAF has posted to his YouTube account.