Quality solo bass albums are a rare beast, and there are markedly few artists with a good one under their belt, let alone alone a whole back catalogue. Steve Lawson, AKA @solobasssteve on Twitter, is an exception to, well, almost every rule! Over the last few decades he has amassed a back catalogue of almost a dozen solo albums, and nearly the same number of collaborative albums.
His latest album was recorded at the March 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, and is a 21 minute, 2 song (yes, two song!) collaboration with Lamb Bassist Jon Thorne. It is a thing of genuine beauty, right from the opening moments, through to the final resonating harmonics of the ending.
As with all of Steve Lawson’s recordings, it is a “pay what you think it is worth” deal, as he continues to disrupt the music industry with his methods as well as his music. Diversion has become so popular that it is being advertised everywhere, with road workers around the world getting in on the act ;).
“Diversion” is a great way to loose yourself in the sounds of double bass , and fretless bass with a sprinkling of electronics. Ambient and enveloping, you own it to your ears (and to your playing) to give it a listen.