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modern bowed gut players?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by nicklloyd, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Who can be heard using bowed gut strings these days, on recordings? I'm looking for modern players, not in the classical scene, though.
  2. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Most of the recent Rufus Reid stuff has him bowing on gut. For a long time he was using Oliv's, and now he uses Velvet Anima.

  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I was at a workshop with Arnie Somogyi and he said he had used gut strings on recordings.
  4. Bruce Calin

    Bruce Calin

    Oct 15, 2002
    I just remembered a cd that came out a few years ago featuring Harvie Swarz(he is now known as Harvie S.)I don't think I spelled his name right & I know he is sensitive about it,so I apologize in advance.Anyway the cd is called "Love Notes From the Bass",& has some excellent playing on it-mostly originals by the pianist but written for bass-sort of Ellington- Blanton style but not quite so jazzy.The liner notes make a point of the fact that Harvie plays gut strings.It's worth checking out.He's definitely a player.
  5. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    stumbled on this old old thread. here is a nice little video:
  6. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    How about Ari Roland?
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  7. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Pasquale Grasso is ridiculous, he sounds like Bud Powell playing the guitar
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  8. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    Exactly, Bud playing guitar. No easy feat to say the least!
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  9. dhm


    Apr 15, 2007
    Ben Wolfe and Paul Gill come to mind.
  10. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Martin Wind and Ray Parker
    Gill for sure, but I've never seen Wolfe play with the bow. You have?
  11. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    Hastings, UK
    Ernst Glerum has a gorgeous arco tone on guts - check out his duo with Uri Caine, 'sentimental mood', all ballads with arco melodies and mostly arco solos, beautiful
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  12. I remember reading an article about Roland several years ago but I haven't been able to remember his name. Thanks for reminding me!
  13. birgebass


    Nov 7, 2011

    I love the sound this guy gets.
  14. dhm


    Apr 15, 2007
    He plays a bunch of bowed solos on a Ned Goold trio record from the early 2000's or so. I'll double check later tonight. I remember hearing him at Knickerbockers on one of my first trips to the city. I could hear him in the bathroom! That Hawkes was NO JOKE!!
  15. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Wow, had no idea, thanks!
  16. Matt Weiner

    Matt Weiner

    Dec 7, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Love this thread on arco and gut!

    Look for Barbara Sanderling recordings.
    Also, David Sinclair.

    These are classical players, and they really show what you can do with gut strings and a bow.
  17. 834federal

    834federal David Brodie

    Feb 25, 2012
    who is this?
  18. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Shane Allessio
    Shane Allessio
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