||BassX3 is a powerful
intense exploration of the lower end of the sonic range. Celebrating
his 20th year of performing as a leader, 2005 finds multi-instrumentalist
Gebhard Ullmann still exploring new and wondrous compositional concepts.
Performing here with two long-time associates, New York jazz veteran
Chris Dahlgren, previously of the Jazz Mandolin Project, and Austrian
Peter Herbert, internationally recognized for his film and dance
scores, Gebhard again demonstrates why no less a luminary than Paul
Bley once remarked, Gebhard Ullmann is one of the finest improvising
artists in the world today.
The music on BassX3 is gentle and hypnotic. Owing much to his overall
approach to life, the music reflects the intensity, passion, and
dedication to purpose that have been the cornerstones of Gebhards
20-year career on both sides of the Atlantic. Gebhard has found
that rare center sweet spot that effortlessly blends the best of
several music traditions. The result is a music that wanders between
a land of lush valleys, arid deserts and weathered mountain peaks;
an organic blending of harmonic metaphors, both real and otherworldly,
that softly captivates and transports. There are few reference points
here other than the moment deep within.