Retro by Abstract Logix at Tony Reedus. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. One of the most formidable fretless electric bassists in the post-Jaco Pastorius era, Texas native and current Barcelona resident Gary Willis joins
Says the great bassist of his impressive sidemen on Retro: ''Gergo is an incredible drummer. I had done some playing with him in Budapest, and since he moved to Barcelona Albert and I have been able to work up some nice chemistry as a trio with him. This new record is about us playing together. It's not about big productions or anything, it's just Rhodes, bass and drums. It's a totally different direction from what I did last time (on 2007's Actual Fiction, also on Abstract Logix). It shows what can happen when you just make it about the interpretation of the material and how we play together. And for that reason it's maybe more personal than anything I've done before.''
From the modal opener Change Agent to the bubbling Old School (which recalls the old school funk-fusion of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters) to the atmospheric Tarde, these three kindred spirits demonstrate a remarkable capacity to groove in loose-tight fashion throughout Retro. They collective burn through a labyrinth of chord changes on the uptempo romp Move, which is fueled by Willis' urgent walking bass lines, and settle into a mellow accord on Oregon's floating Amaryllis and a chill 3/4 take on the Beatles' Norwegian Wood. Bover proves to be both a consummate accompanist and accomplished soloist from track to track while Borlai's crisp, polyrhythmic pulse and supple brushwork fuel the proceedings. Willis' virtuosic solo contributions here, particularly on Disconnectivity and Move, show why he is regarded as one of the most outstanding bassists on the scene today.
''I just wanted to feature the fun of playing together and the expression that comes out in this stripped-down setting,'' says Willis of his fifth album as a leader overall and second for Abstract Logix. ''Whatever direction it's going, we're going to try to get into it pretty deep.'' They've succeeded in brilliant fashion on Retro.
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