Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Bass' bass? Double-bass at its VERY best!
Would like to say I do not "use" some disc or disk as an audio/sonic test... unfortunately and unshamedly, nope:-)... I'd be a liar...
It happens, quite seldomly...
Nonetheless I don't feel so guilty, as - it happened several times - through "sonics" I very often arrive to "music" and vice-versa, getting near to something which I'd not even knew: classic, ethnic, avantgarde... whatever.
Anyway - also if I already wrote about this very disk, I guess it worthwhile returning on topic - on Tord Gustavsen Ensemble's "Restored, Returned" on ECM 2107 (2009), on track 2 "Way In", at about 2,30 m from start... is... WOW!!!
You'll find the gem, the nugget, the shiniest "Bass' Bass" recording you ever wished...
It's a solo... but "what" a solo!
Matt Eilertsen's double-bass is... simply AMAZING!
This handful of notes represents - it's my STRONG opinion - the Zenith of double-bass reproduced sound, ever... hype?
How I'd wish same precious, masterful engineering was also made available on Scott LaFaro, Steve Swallow and - most of all - Hugh Banton's playing and recordings!
Matt's double-bass is an awesome mix of the best of the VERY best;-) - i.e. an heavenly blending of fingering whooshes and related noises on fretless board, of wood soundboard, body cavity and resonances... a LOT OF resonances and deep, deeeeep low end... maybe - I guess - his "E" low-string is tuned down to a "C", like Glen Moore (of Oregon) does!
Also a seldom heard decay, some clothes rubbing on correctly sized instrument body and presence, breathing with nose and mouth, ALL placed in a so lively and "right" recording space....
Posted by twogoodears at 10/16/2012 10:40:00 AM