Vattel Cherry is one of the few acoustic string bassists with the pure ability to sustain a listening experience over a complete album without ever retracing his steps. He boasts a rich, full sound, and a good, if not spectacular, technique that is well suited to the sort of freestyle improvisation that he has embraced. At the time of this release (2000), he was rarely recorded to reveal the majesty of his playing, and this recording is no exception. Recorded by the bassist on home equipment during a tour, he manages to capture a diverse selection of fully improvised duets with five different musicians in five different cities. Unfortunately, the least interesting is the longest: 20 minutes with fellow bassist Peter Hickey, in which the piece tires quickly. Some of the other tracks work much better, including a couple recorded in New York City with some good blowing from alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula. Also not to be missed are the conversations with electric bassist/bass guitarist John Voigt, taken from a concert in Cambridge, MA. This album is hardly representative of Cherry's best work, but it does nonetheless offer some inklings of his talent and potential.
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