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      Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass

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      The Double Bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra.

      Thanks to virtuoso performers like Gary Karr, François Rabbath and Edgar Meyer, the double bass is leaping to the front of the concert stage and composers are taking note. This week we’ll listen to some of the music written in the last few decades for this sonorous and incredibly versatile instrument.

      Adam Ben Ezra: Can’t Stop Running (excerpt)
      Adam Ben Ezra, bass
      3:14

      Frank Proto: Four Rogues, No. 1, Calm
      John Ebinger, bass; Roy Hakes, piano
      3:25

      Dave Anderson: Duets
      II- Parade of the Pigs
      V- Lament
      Dave Anderson & Hal Robinson, double basses
      4:43

      Gunther Schuller: Quartet for Double Basses, II
      Robert Gladstone, Frederick Zimmerman, Orin O’Brien & Alvin Brehm, basses
      5:20

      Patrick Neher: Grig’s Dance
      Patrick Neher, bass; Mark Rush, violin
      5:26

      Tom Johnson: Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for String Bass
      Robert Black, bass & narrator
      8:57

      George Pearle: Monody II
      Robert Black, bass
      5:08

      Edgar Meyer: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, I
      St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff; Meyer, bass
      Sony 60956
      6:11

      Manuel Enriquez: Mobil II
      Bertram Turetzky, bass
      4:31

      Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk (excerpt)
      Superbass (Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride, basses)
      2:44

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