The New York Doubler Reinvents Root Coupling On 'The Art Of The Bass Choir'
Photo by Oleksii RoshkaConsider the tenuous realm of multiple basses in music. To this point, brave subterranean-minded souls have sought such settings in all shapes and sizes, and most genres — be it chamber-written pieces, recordings with a host of bassists’ parts flown in, or all-star jams at bass events. The outcomes have varied from deep rivers of rich vibrations to, as one top bassist put it, “Sounding like a herd of elephants trying to fit through a doorway at the same time.” Now a just-released multi-bass record has raised the bar to reset levels for the entire concept. The Art of the Bass Choir [Origin Records], by Lincoln Goines, is a revelation. The 16-track effort boasts such guests as Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Matthew Garrison, Tom Kennedy, Mike Pope, and Mike Bendy, as well as drummers Dennis Chambers and Robby Ameen. It covers an array of styles ranging from jazz, funk, and Latin to classical, folk, and experimental. Most impressive, by taking an ensemb