Intensity of bass – bass sounds to enjoy
We all secretly know about the opinion that bass players are not bandleaders, that bass players are the accessory of a band or a soloist, and that bassists do not create works. We have already proven, that this is not entirely the case, as shown in numerous publications by GLM Music – Sven Faller, D.D. Lowka are to be mentioned here.
With the first CD under his name – Intensity of Bass – Joel Locher, whom many regard as an outstanding companion of numerous formations, now presents his own music.
Joel Locher comes from a musical family – his mother is an opera singer, his father bassist with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. So, it is not surprising that the young Joel Locher made his first steps with classical music, studied classical double bass at the Stuttgart University and also played with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.
Already at the age of 16 he discovered the world of jazz through friendly musicians. Early participation in jam sessions and first concerts laid the foundation for his further journey as a jazz bassist.
The present album contains numerous own compositions by Joel Locher as well as works of his companions. He has accompanied some of them and their ensembles on numerous tours for years and now he has gathered them in the studio to record his music. These include Jermaine Landsberger, Wawau Adler, Gismo Graf, Sandro Roy and Pee Wee Ellis.
Melodious – spherical – diversified – funky – modern – classical – atmospheric
This is how the album by Joel Locher can be described – he wants to communicate these impressions with his music. As diverse as the adjectives are, as broad is the musical range of the album. We find songs that are reduced to the bare minimum, such as a bass solo piece, but also titles that come up with classic gypsy jazz elements.
Inspired by Scandinavian music, “Change” refers to the changes in life and the world in general.
The song “Gatwick” is more in modern jazz, with crooked meters like 5/4. Such meters can also be heard in other compositions such as “Fantasie pour Carina”, “The Streets” and “Montalivet Vendays”. “Gatwick” was created on a tour with Pee Wee Ellis, Peter Fessler and Guido May. “The Airport Gatwick (landed there 5 times) just inspired me. I just liked the mood. ”
“I was impressed by a summer vacation in a small town in southwestern France and I composed the song “Montalivet Vendays”. Here the idea was born to make my own record. Every day fish, a lot of oysters, the Atlantic, wine, the air, the sun, all that gave the impulse to the creation of this production. ”
“The Streets”, a title that was written a few years ago, is a reference to the band The Streets and is a reminder of a dissolving liaison.
The list of musical guests on this album is long:
Pee Wee Ellis tenor sax
Jermaine Landsberger piano
Wawau Adler guitar
Sandro Roy violin
Gismo Graf guitar
Joschi Graf guitar
André Weiß piano
Frank Eberle piano
André Schwager piano / organ
Frank Kuruc guitar
Gee Hye Lee piano
Katharina Locher vocasl
Daniel Kartmann drums
Nico Schulze piano
Guido May drums
Felix Schrack drums