Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass

June 2, 2017, 10:00 pm

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50 Shades of Double Bass
50 Shades of Double Bass

Thanks to virtuoso performers like Gary Karr, François Rabbath and Edgar Meyer, the double bass is leaping to the front of the concert stage and composers are taking note. This week we’ll listen to some of the music written in the last few decades for this sonorous and incredibly versatile instrument.


Can’t Stop Running, by Adam Ben Ezra
Adam Ben Ezra, bass

Four Rogues, no. 1, Calm, by Frank Proto
John Ebinger, bass; Roy Hakes, piano

Duets, mvts. II Parade of the Pigs and V Lament, by Dave Anderson
Dave Anderson, bass; Hal Robinson, bass

Quartet for Double Basses, mvt. II, by Gunther Schuller
Robert Gladstone, bass; Frederick Zimmerman, bass;j Orin O’Brien, bass; Alvin Brehm, bass

Grig’s Dance, by Patrick Neher
Patrick Neher, bass; Mark Rush, violin

Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for String Bass, by Tom Johnson
Robert Black, bass & narrator

Monody II, by George Pearle
Robert Black, bass

Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, mvt. I, by Edgar Meyer
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Hugh Wolff, conductor; Edgar Meyer, bass

Mobil II, by Manuel Enriquez
Bertram Turetzky, bass

Blue Monk, by Thelonious Monk
Superbass: Ray Brown, bass; John Clayton, bass; Christian McBride, bass