Ari Roland is one of many talented musicians overlooked by jazz labels until the mid-'90s debut of Smalls. The bassist's brand of bop is a demanding variation on hard bop with complex twists within his themes that keeps the pressure on his top-notch quartet, which includes tenor saxophonist Chris Byars, pianist Sacha Perry, and drummer Phil Stewart. It's impossible not to dig the groove of Roland's forceful "The Lion of Yerevan," in which he showcases his dark arco basslines as well as his driving rhythm. "Swamp Thing Goes to the Indy 500" is also a wild ride as the band negotiates its many sudden turns. The standard "Thou Swell" is a bit more mainstream, though Perry's choice of chords is decidedly different, while Byars' solo evokes the spirit of Don Byas.
The acclaimed 2nd volume of the Grooving for Heaven bass instructional series from bassist/clinician Norm Stockton builds upon the fundamentals established in the first volume. Topics covered include modes and intervals, phrasing, idioms of musical styles, slap (beg.-int. level), musical taste and much more. This engaging, one-on-one clinic teaches what to play, what not to play, and the importance of subtlety.
The first in the bass instructional series by renowned bassist/clinician Norm Stockton,Grooving for Heaven, Vol. 1 is a one-on-one clinic for the bass player seeking to establish a solid foundation, with a focus on the unique factors (musical and otherwise) encountered in the contemporary worship environment.