The ten-track disc was inspired by a traveler’s diary Hamm found in Italy during the course of his usual road practice of reading a book, leaving it at the hotel library for the next guest, and taking a new book. “Reading this student’s diary and seeing that we were on the same type of quest, in many of the same places, gave me the jumping-off point for the record,” he says. And plunge in he did, with an intimate yet intense album of bass-only 4-string creations that range from romantic ballads and modern-classical meditations to tapped, slapped, and strummed jazz, funk, and noise art. “The duality of the album is that the listener can delve in artistically, or it can be pleasing music to put on in the background.” Hamm turned to crowdsourcing to fund the project, learning a lot along the way.
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Jeff sat down and improvised this gorgeous version of "Ave Maria."
Markbass artist SONG YANG demoing the CMD 102P combo. Thanks to our distributor Parsons Music.
Markbass artist Marco Micheli plays his Markacoustic AC 101H combo.
Here is Markbass top-artist Michael League performing the song Jan Jan by The Fabulous Counts using his Markbass Casa signature head! Michael League - Bass Roosevelt Collier - Lap Steel Ryan Scott - Guitar Louis Cato - Drums Video by Simon C.F. Yu | 2nd Camera by Nikki Birch
Here is Markbass top-artist Michael League performing the song Spike, written by Michael League and Roosevelt "The Dr." Collier. Michael is using his Markbass Casa signature head!
Markbass top-artist Jeff Berlin describes three techniques he incorporated into the all-new "Joe Frazier - Round 3": - String bending - A "percolating" staccato approach - Legato playing
On this video Michael League from Snarky Puppy plays a solo on his old Fender Precision using his Markbass Casa signature head.
A very cool "solo bass" version of Rag Doll (Aerosmith) by Markbass artist Alberto Bollati!