The double bass meets the electric bass in a new album from John Davis and Janek Gwizdala, aptly entitled Bass Duo. The six-song album features the bassists in an inspired state that was captured in a rush.
“Recorded live to tape (yes real tape) in under an hour, this album brings together two long-time bass playing friends and collaborators in a unique bass duet setting,” the album’s description reads.
Davis and Gwizdala teeter between structured and unstructured music, starting with the bebop-ish “Brooklyn Blues” and “Waltz in Db” before exploring space more with songs entitled “Ambient” and “Improvisation”.
Each player also takes turns on the leads. Davis supports Gwizdala with a big, warm walking bass on the blues while Gwizdala returns the favor with top-notch chordal comping. (Check out his latest book on bass chords.) Naturally, both players exhibit beautiful melodic ideas executed with heart and experience.
Bass Duo is available now for download via BandCamp.
Bass Duo Track List:
- Brooklyn Blues
- Waltz in Db
- Ambient 1
- Ambient 2
- Brooklyn Blues Alt Take