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Published: 2012/02/29
by Ron Hart

Simon H. Fell
Frank & Max: Bass Solos 2001-2011

Bo’ Weavil Recordings

Simon H. Fell has long been considered one of the most formidable and fearless bassists in the United Kingdom. He’s sat in with some of the most prominent names in modern experimentalism, including Alan Wilkinsin, Peter Brotzmann, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Thurston Moore and Derek Bailey among others through the years. But if you really want to hear the man shine, look no further than Frank & Max, a collection of solo compositions for stand-up bass that covers the last ten years of his career in performance. Limited to a scant 300 copies, this eight-song compilation is a graduate course in bass improvisation, showcasing the evolution of Simon’s uncanny proclivity to emit such a harvest of strange and imaginative tones and moods from his instrument over these last 10 years. This is a virtuosic valentine for all adventurous lovers of the four-string.

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