Bassworks.dk/Bassworks 2000

BASSWORKS.DK 2000
This 2000 production represents material culled from bassist Alex Choub’s bank of previously unreleased outtakes or, as he states, “surfacings.” Here, Choub enlists the services of prominent modern jazz trumpeter/composer Paul Wies along with drummer Fleming Olsen (a fellow Secret Cinema bandmate) and drummer/percussionist/ singer Celvin Clarke. In addition, a female vocalist – an opera singer Naja Monrad Hansen, sings on two tracks; yet, other than the leader, all the instrumentalists appear on selected pieces. With this effort, Alex utilizes his electronic “tapping” instruments to lay down complex ostinato-type motifs while multi-tracking bass parts and churning out electrified solos. Hence, Alex paints polytonal fabrics of sound via his cunning discourses and obliquely stated passages. Overall, the artist provides a mix, consisting of ambient dreamscapes atop hard-driving backbeats and East Indian modalities. Meanwhile, musicians execute harmonious unison choruses amid straight-four rock measures and worldbeat-style grooves. Thus, Bassworks.dk: Surfacings is a noteworthy outing from a musician who generally seeks to expand his already wide-ranging horizons.

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