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Bee for Bass

Artist: Andy Hamill

Date of Release: 01/01/2003

Catalogue no: Emu 03

Label: Emu

Price: £14.80

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Camel's Back (with Shea Seger)

2

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Dear Love (with Jeb Loy Nichols & Rebecca Hollweg)

3

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Four Minutes of Fun (with Ursula Rucker & Shrikanth Sriram)

4

 

Farmer's Market (with Anita Wardell)

5

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Getting On (with Kenny Young)

6

 

Why Do You Cry?(with Trudy Kerr)

7

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Mothers and Daughters Now Mothers (with Chris Bowden)

8

 

The Planet Formerly Known As Moon (with Mark Murphy, Anita Wardell & Shea Seger)

9

 

Who Chooses the Seasons (with Valerie Etienne & Omar)

10

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Catch (with Rosie Brown & Adam Glasser)

11

 

Love and Money Don't Mix (with Mark Murphy)

12

 

Sally Tomato (with Ben Castle)

13

 

Falling (with Carleen Anderson & Tony Woods)

14

 

This Was Your Life (with Tony Penultimate & Rebecca Hollweg)

 

 

 

 

Bee for Bass 14 tracks featuring Carleen Anderson, Chris Bowden, Rosie Brown, Ben Castle, Valerie Etienne, Adam Glasser, Tom Gordon, Thelma Hamill, Rebecca Hollweg, Trudy Kerr, Mark Murphy, Jeb Loy Nichols, Omar, Tony Penultimate, Ursula Rucker, Shea Seger, Shrikanth Sriram, Anita Wardell, Tony Woods, Justin Woodward and Kenny Young.

 

Reviews

 

09/05/2005 Barry Jones, County Times

"Very much a masterclass in the double bass, Andy Hamill holds together this wide collection of collaborators with bass playing of exceptional quality and range. You'll never think of the double bass as boring again".

 

01/08/2003 Bill Leigh, Bass Player

"Hamill is one of the busiest double bassists in town. For proof examine the variety of guests on his debut, 'Bee for Bass'. It's a delightful record that pitches the bassist into sparse chordless duos and trios with a genre-defying, cross-atlantis array of singers, percussionists and instrumentalists. Hamill's playing has graced many a straightahead session (he's a regular with saxophinist Theo Travis' quartet) but he is increasingly first call for dance-friendly artists such as drum 'n' bass crew 4-Hero, Nitin Sawhney and, ahem, Kylie Minogue. It takes a brave bassist to record 14 tracks without chords, but Hamill's duets work brilliantly. Too many to list, but highlights include 'Dear Love' with country star Jeb Loy Nichols; a superb 'Four Minutes of fun' with the sharp-tounged poetess, Ursula Rucker; a swinging 'Farmer's Market' with Anita Wardell (on particularly sweet form); and engaging stuff from Mark Murphy, and Brit soul star Omar. On the instrumental front, saxophinists Chris Bowden and Ben Castle are also outstanding.

 

01/08/2003 Tom Barlow, Jazzwise

Sweet fondness between fine friends is the essential feel of this album by talented Londoner Hamill. He uses his upright bass and little else to accompany vocalists and an occasional saxophonist performing well-written, mostly new tunes. Hamill employs his plush tone to great effect, using harmonics and polyphonic ostinatos, swinging jazz walking lines, and simple pop support to complement each distinctive and delightful ditty".

 

28/05/2003 John Lewis, Time Out

"Hamill is London's most in-demand double bassist on the jazzy/breakbeat interface (playing with 4Hero, Chris Bowden, the Underwolves, etc). Here he provides funky, spartan, melodic backing for big-name guests, (Carleen Anderson, Mark Murphy, Philly rap poet Ursula Rucker, alt-folksinger Jeb Loy Nichols etc). The music is smartly produced and bright as a button".

 

01/01/2003 Mike Davies, Netrhythms

"It sneaks into the blood stream. And it goes without saying that double bass afficionados should purchase forthwith".

 

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