San Diego bassist Rob Thorsen should be on your watch list. He is a talented jazz bassist who performs both jazz standards and original compositions. He is mostly self-taught, but studied under Bert Turetzsky, Bob Magnusson, Rufus Reid and John Clayton, and attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
His latest CD, Lasting Impression was released in June, on the Pacific Coast Jazz label.
Thorsen describes his approach to Lasting Impression:
“I took the jazz quintet format and added or subtracted instruments as I needed for particular songs. There is one solo track, two trios, three quartets, three quintet pieces, and one sextet. The sextet uses alto flute, bassoon, and flugelhorn. I like using different combinations of players as good musicians adapt immediately to different group situations – it helps create a variety of sounds on the recording.”
Preview and download Lasting Impression:
Check out Rob’s web site for more.