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Solo bass improvisations from Charleston improviser Branden Abushanab, 5 tracks using the strings, case, bridge and bow of the instrument for tempestuous and technical excursions.
 

Abushanab, Branden
The Dust Improvisations

Abushanab, Branden: The Dust Improvisations (no label)
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Released in: USA    


Solo bass improvisations from Charleston improviser Branden Abushanab, 5 tracks using the strings, case, bridge and bow of the instrument for tempestuous and technical excursions.

"Unless you happen to be William Parker or Joëlle Léandre, the making of a solo bass recording is one (sorry for the pun) plucky career move. That is just what bassist Branden Abushanab has done with these forty-six minutes of The Dust Improvisations.

The South Carolina native delivers five performances that focus on texture over timekeeping, and energy instead of rhythm. Like the early recordings of guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors, these pieces feel as if Abushanab is reinventing the bass as sort of a free improvisation folk instrument. He eschews the groove, opening the ears to the entropy of his energy.

With titles like "Around The Bridge," "Above The Strings," and "Below The Bow," clues are given to the starting place for the pieces. Mostly favoring the bow over the plucked notes, Abushanab dances his bow, often scratching out bounced and abrasive notes.

Delivered whole without overdubbing or post-edits, the work sometimes comes off as raw or unfinished, a sort of basement tapes to be savored when the bassist is one day rich and famous. Is that possible in the world of free jazz?"-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz






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Improvised Music
Stringed Instruments
Free Improvisation
Solo Artist Recordings


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Product Information:

Label: no label
Catalog ID: badi
Squidco Product Code: 13294

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded February through May 2010 in Charleston, SC by Branden Abushanab.

Personnel:

Branden Abushanab-upright bass

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Track Listing:

1. Beneath The Wood 4:49

2. Under The Case 6:13

3. Above The Strings 13:55

4. Around The Bridge 10:19

5. Below The Bow 10:43