Swedish jazz double bass player Kristian Lind studied jazz in Lund University and classical music in Stockholm’s Royal University Of Music. He has participated in over 40 recordings and performed in about 30 countries. His performances include Barbara Hendricks, Kurt Elling, John Fedchock, Nils Landgren, Shai Maestro, Jeff Ballard, Maffy Falay, Robert Mehmet İkiz and most lately Daniel Karlsson trio. He released his debut album “Winter Games” in 2009. Lind has moved from Stockholm to Turkey in 2014 and nowadays he is working on incorporating Turkish music into his own, and performing in various venues. We did our Blindfold Test interview with him right after a recording session of a tango album project.
Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier perform live the song “Portrait” by Charles Mingus. Summer, 2014.
Filmed and recorded by Alex Chaloff.
Portrait – Charles Mingus
Rebecca Martin (vo)
Larry Grenadier (b)
I haven’t heard this album. It sounds like Diana Krall maybe? It sounds like something contemporary. It could be Larry Grenadier on bass.
It’s Larry Grenadier on bass with Rebecca Martin’s vocals. How did you come up with Larry Grenadier’s name?
From the sound and his time. He is like a metronome! Thank you for showing this album, I will check that out!
Actually, this is not an album yet. This is a special video recording of the duo playing the Mingus tune : “Portrait”. Many musicians produce very nice videos and recordings for video channels. I started to use them in Blindfold tests as well.
I guess in the future it will be more and more like that.
Bass On Top
Blue Note – 1957
Yesterdays – Otto Harbach / Jerome Kern
Paul Chambers (b)
Kenny Burrell (g)
Hank Jones (p)
Art Taylor (d)
It’s probably Paul Chambers. The song is “Yesterdays”. Joe Pass maybe on guitars?
This is Paul Chambers’ “Bass on Top”.
Time stamp : 00.00
Oh yes! I know that album! I think I heard it a long time ago. No one else would record an album with that kind of bowing sound I think. Although there is another musician who did this in the earlier times, his name is Slam Stewart. He also sang along while bowing. At that time Paul Chambers used to play these kind of things with thick gut strings. These strings worked for orchestra, but for solo it is not a beautiful sound. But in those times there wasn’t anything else.
Steeple Chase – 1976
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Niels Pedersen (b)
Sam Jones (b)
Philip Catherine (g)
Billy Higgins (d)
It’s Niels Pedersen. You can hear this from his sound and technique. Niels’ technique is unique and he is playing with three fingers on the right hand. Maybe he was the first one to do that. His left hand technique is more like a classical double bass player. Not so many jazz players has that left hand technique. I also switched to playing three fingers technique recently. About ten percent of the bass players use that technique.
The other bass player maybe Ray Brown. The tune is “Giant Steps”. The guitar player may be Biréli Lagréne or one of those gypsy style guitar players.
It’s two bass players. The name of the album is “Double Bass”. One of them is Niels Pedersen and the other one is Sam Jones. The guitar player is Philip Catherine.
Time Stamp: 12.10
Yeah, I have seen this album but I don’t have it.
James Ilgenfritz solo @ The Stone
April 10 2014, as part of the WSB100 festival
Well, this can either be modern classical music or some free improvisation! I would guess it’s a Norwegian bass player. I know a player who made an album called “German Bow” or something along these lines, I can’t remember his name though. With this kind of music it is always difficult to understand the technique. It can be totally fake or it can be a virtuoso technique! His technique is probably is very good but it is very difficult to know. I am not so much into this genre. So I would pass on this one!
His name is James Ilgenfritz. This musician has performances with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton and other avant-garde musicians. He is also performing solo with live video feeds.
Kristian, thank you for participating in our Blindfold Test.
For a performance of Kristian Lind in Daniel Karlsson’s album: