Saturday, July 18, 2015

Guelph's Jason Raso Shows His Bass Mastery on 'Man of 40 Faces'

Guelph bassist Jason Raso is a man who has beautifully mastered his instrument.  You need to look no further than his latest album, Man of 40 Faces.  This mostly solo, instrumental recording will marvel you with just how much musical texture one bass can handle.

Each song has it's own special mood.  Cinematic, classical, bluesy, jazzy and all stylistic points in between are handled exceptionally well.

Jason is joined on a few tracks by fellow bassist Alain Caron, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti.  They match his amazing dexterity with their instruments.

So go ahead and pick up a CD though his live shows or his online shop,  It can also be downloaded via that same shop or using iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Jason Raso


Some albums escape our radar, so occasionally we'll be catching up with some mini-reviews!

In 2013, his Jason Raso Quartet released Slingshot, a funky, swinging, good time collection of instrumental wizardry.    Joined by Thomas Hammerton (keys), Adam Bowman (drums) and Brent Rowan (sax), Jason and the gang know how to groove.  It's available as a CD or download at his online shop.  A digital version is available at iTunes as well.

Video above courtesy of Jason Raso

Jason unleashed his album Red Arrow in 2011.  With the help of Tony Monaco (B3 Organ), Richard Underhill of the Shuffle Demons (sax), Ted Warren (drums) and Francesco Pinetti (vibraphone) the bassist created an amazing mix of slinky, smooth, jazzy and bluesy instrumentals.  You can purchase it through his online shop, cdbaby, eMusic, or iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Jason Raso

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