Bass Extremes Release New Album ‘S’Low Down’ – Bass Magazine
In support of the album and to celebrate their 30th anniversary, Bass Extremes are on the road with longtime touring mate Derico Watson, who lock up the trio. The national tour continues until November 20; a full list of dates is below, and tickets are on sale here.
Ahead of the album’s release, the duo shared videos for two tracks: “Bass at home » with Ron Carter, Marcus Miller and John Patitucci; and “Just in time” , a massive, gnarly groove that’s a study in pitch, attitude and note duration and features Tool’s Justin Chancellor.
The 10-track album features a variety of legendary musicians, including Ron Carter, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Oteil Burbridge, Justin Chancellor, Linda Oh, Edgar Meyer, John Patitucci, Billy Sheehan, Joe Dart, and more. It also features unexpected collaborations, including banjoist Béla Fleck on bass banjo, jazz guitarist Mike Stern on 6-string bass, Howard Levy on bass harmonica and Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) both on bass clarinet and the bass flute.
Recorded over 18 months between their studios in Myrtle Beach, Nashville and Boston, in typical Bass Extremes fashion, the music was composed with Bailey and Wooten each functioning as bassist, composer, recording engineer and producer. The duo used conventional and unorthodox approaches, which included spontaneous improvisations as well as melodies and harmonies inspired by Gregg Bissonette’s solo rhythm tracks, evoked by the confidence gained from his 30-year partnership with the duo.
A key to the concept of the disc lies in the title of the album. The first of the two meanings is clear, this album is about the ‘Low Down’ of bass, while the ‘S’Low Down’ offers deeper implications. “As you get older and wiser, you learn to say more with less,” says Wooten. “We often tell our students, ‘slow down’.” Bailey agrees, adding, “For most musicians, myself included, you spend the early part of your career proving what you can play and trying to innovate and get that out there. What this album represents for me is to have been there, to have done that. Now it’s about what is the least amount that we can bring to the music while still making it work. How we can move slower and actually go faster.
Formed in 1992, Bass Extremes was an unprecedented transformation of a music album, an instructional method, and a concert video all rolled into one. Pushing the “extreme” of what can be done on a 4-string fretted bass and a 6-string fretless bass, this cutting-edge project changed the trajectory of the bass and its community with the idea that two bassists and a drummer ARE the group. .
With two groundbreaking albums—Recipe book (1998) and Just add water (2001) – to their credit, their original Bass Extremes became one of the best-selling bass instructional products of all time that started a cottage industry allowing both to act as performers and teachers. educators at shows, industry events, clinics, universities, concerts. around the world, and the creation of their popular and perpetual “Bass Camps”, as well as the innovative online learning experience, thebassvault.com. As Bass Department Chair (Bailey) and Scholar-in-Residence (Wooten), they helped take Berklee College of Music to new heights and unprecedented lows.
BASS EXTREMES: ON TOUR
August 26 – The Warehouse – Fairfield, CT
August 27 – Sony Hall – New York, NY
August 28 – The Egg – Lewis A. Sawyer Theater – Albany, NY
August 30 – State College State Theater – State College, PA
August 31 – Homer Arts Center – Homer, NY
September 1 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
September 2 – Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH
September 3 – Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club – Portsmouth, NH
September 4 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT
September 6 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
September 30 – Hillberry Music Festival – Eureka Springs, AR
October 1 – The Grandel – St. Louis, MO
October 3 – Mars Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
October 4 – Miller Theater – Augusta, Georgia
October 5 – Ponte Verda Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL
October 6 – The Key West Theater – Key West, FL
October 7 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 8 – Circle Theater – Sebring, Florida
October 9 – Capitol Theater – Clearwater, FL
October 11 – Hargray Capitol Theater – Macon, GA
October 13 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX
October 14 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
October 15 – UTOPIAfest 2022 – Burnet, TX
October 16 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
November 9 – City Winery – Boston, MA
November 11 – Waldo Theater – Waldoboro, ME
November 12 – BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity – Northampton, MA
November 17 – Armory Event Center – Fort Collins, CO
November 18 – Lulu’s Downstairs – Manitou Springs, CO
November 19 – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
November 20 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
To slow down Tracklisting with special guests
1. On Your Marks, Set, Slow (Bootsy Collins)
2. Home Bass (Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, John Patitucci)
3. The Chrome Addict (Susan Hagen, Oteil Burbridge, Howard Levy, Béla Fleck, Jeff Coffin)
4. Mess it up? (Matt White, Mike Stern)
5. Ping Pong (Edgar Meyer)
6. Oh Tell Billy (Linda Oh, Oteil Burbridge, Billy Sheehan)
7. Quilting (John Patitucci)
8. Silent Night in Tunisia (John Patitucci, Joe Dart, Whit Browne, Mike Pope)
9. Just In Time (Justin Chancellor)
10. S’Low Down