Steve Lawson/Daniel Berkman - The First Thing We Ever Played by solobasssteve published on 2012/04/23 21:10:26 +0000 Back in January I did two shows in San Francisco with a musician I'd not met until the evening of the first gig. I was connected with Daniel via mutual internet-friends (who I'd also not met, but trusted!) and we lined up a couple of shows. The idea being that we'd both play solo, then do a little bit of improv at the end. At the soundcheck to the first show, something magical emerged, by accident - we were just checking levels, and some lovely music appeared. We looked at each other and said 'we're not going to play much solo stuff tonight, are we? :) An hour later we played the show to a lovely attentive select audience, and this track was the first thing we played together. About the first 45 seconds of it is missing, thanks to me forgetting to hit record, but the rest of it is as we played it. It’s a pretty mellow start place for our duo, and across the two nights we have more than enough for an album that’ll be out later in the year… What's amazing about this for me as an improvisor is how Daniel makes the bass loop in the middle sound in time when it's all over the place :) By ignoring the 'one' and using the snare on beat 3 as his anchor, he's constantly adjusting to my v. stretchy loop. Brilliant. Enjoy - please ‘favourite’, comment and share it around if you like it! Daniel’s beautiful album can be found at http://colfax.bandcamp.com/ - go buy it!