Chris Wood: Beautiful Danger

The unconventional doubler discusses the new Wood Brothers album, his experiments with tone, and the thrill of improvisation

Chris Wood: Beautiful Danger

The unconventional doubler discusses the new Wood Brothers album, his experiments with tone, and the thrill of improvisation

Percussive, guttural, aggressive, dynamic, decisive, melodic, and rhythmically entrancing. When Chris Wood steps up to his double bass, he does it with all the authority of a man who has spent his life on countless stages diving into the unknown in the realm of improvisation and coming out on the other side. His physicality on the upright gives him a towering appearance, despite his modest stature. Getting every bit of sound from each note, Wood is a master of resonance, and more important, dynamics. His lines come to life with earthy tones that feed off of string buzz and reverberation, while his pocket and groove never waver under the command of his adept fingers. When he straps on his vintage Hofner bass guitar, Wood is equally impactful. Chasing every tonal possibility via forceful plucking, rhythmic picking, precisely stroked low notes, muted thumbing, and even a steel-guitar slide, he makes the listener wonder what exactly they’re hearing.   Those two instruments have bee
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