making the contrabass contemporary

The double bass is a prime instrument for new music both composed and improvised. But it wasn’t always that way. In Percorsi Musicali I take a brief look at the renaissance of the double bass in the mid-20th century and the essential role played by Bertram Turetzky.

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dcic reunion

The beginning of a new year is a good time for fresh starts, but it’s also a good time to renew old bonds. DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC) was the first free improv group I played with when I returned to music in the early 2000s; tomorrow night I rejoin them for a set at Union Arts. The lineup will be Jon Matis on piano; Mike Sebastian on reeds; Ben Azzara on drums; Ben Redwine on clarinet; John Kamman on guitar; and me on double bass.

Here‘s a video excerpt of a 2006 performance of DCIC with Greg Osby.