This is a recording that I made in 1989 of a group that I led for eight exciting years. We performed the beautiful and challenging music of the great Charles Mingus almost exclusively.
“Swinging, exciting, lovely…terrific fun”
– St. Paul Pioneer Press
Top ten CDs (1994)
– Music Quarterly
“Best new local talent”
– City Pages
“Unfortunately, your material does not meet our needs at this time…”
– Blue Note/Capitol Jazz Records
Since moving to New York City in 1989 I’ve come to realize that one thing that we’re short on here is the time to invest in a project like this one. This group was able to perform, rehearse and record frequently without the constraints of budget, the loss of key players and the sparcity of gigs suffered by nearly all New York based ensembles. I think that, especially with regard to ensemble playing, the CD offers something you don’t find in New York. Give it a listen and see if you agree.
Left Hand Technique for the Improvising Double Bassist by Tom Hubbard A method that concentrates on techniques used by jazz bassists to
improve articulation, apply dynamics
and add rhythmic detail to their improvised lines.
In listening to and transcribing the work of great jazz musicians I've found
something that they all seem to share: attention to detail. Their nuanced
dynamics and articulation are things that set the masters apart from merely good
players. These details impart a sense that the player has gotten deep inside the
music and understands the emotional currency of a well turned phrase or the
vibrancy of a cleverly accented line.
This book provides a method for the bassist to bring into his or her performance
some of the techniques that make the work of our most respected jazz bassists
The book is accompanied by a CD of all of the exercises played by Tom