Bassist-composer Jamie Ousley’s “Back Home”

By Grego Applegate Edwards at Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog:

Bass players used to be a more or less unsung lot. Yes, Paul Chambers, Charlie Mingus and Oscar Pettiford (OK, yeah, also Red Mitchell and Curtis Counce) led groups and made great records, but there didn’t seem to be many of them that could sustain or maintain prolonged attention. All that changed a while ago and these days you find quite a few good players fronting bands.

One of them making a bid for the limelight is one Jamie Ousley, who has a beautiful tone, a matter-of-fact melodic solo style that has something in common with the great Charlie Haden in it’s deliberation.

Ousley comes up with a knockout. You might be finding yourself flat on your back on the canvas while someone counts, or no, that’s the drums. But you’ll just be happy anyway. Happy that you’re hearing some very fetching music. Sorry that that will have to wait until its August 1st release date. It’s worth a few days. It’s good!

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