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Outre

by Jeff Schmidt

Michael Hedges' Devils Advocate plays electric bass - and his name is Jeff Schmidt.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. From Under The Weight of Knowing
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2. Fury
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3. Satori
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4. Path Beyond Tracing
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5. Numb
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6. Until You Don't (live)
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7. Trypto
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8. Sui Generis
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9. Mudita
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10. Seeing Is Freeing (live)
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11. Still Silhouette
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ABOUT OUTRE / JEFF SCHMIDT:

Completely untethered to the tradition of the instrument - Jeff Schmidt expands the melodic and musical voice of the electric bass in ways more akin to Guitar legends Michael Hedges & Preston Reed than Bass heroes Stanley Clarke or Jaco Pastorius.

In fact - you won't hear anything resembling a typical "bass line" on this album.

Rather than merely offering the sound of "a bass player playing bass alone"- each piece on Outre is a fully realized, complete musical idea that pictures the electric bass on equal footing with the expressiveness of guitar, harp, banjo and piano.

Jeff explains: "By using altered tunings, lighter gauge strings and a variety of unorthodox performance techniques on a long scale instrument, I get the beautiful expressive qualities of baritone guitar while maintaining the essential characteristics I love about the Electric Bass. It's a unique hybrid sound I feel suits my musical ideas exceptionally well".

After a 10 year musical hiatus, newcomer to the Solo Bass scene, JEFF
SCHMIDT made a huge splash when he won the 2005 Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition hosted by bass legends Steve Bailey & Victor Wooten - also judged by bass giants Will Lee (letterman show) Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci, drummer to the stars Gregg Bissonette and Jonathan Herrera of Bass Player Magazine.

Since then Jeff has spent nights & weekends composing original solo bass material for eventual release.

When it came time to capture these compositions Jeff chose world reknown Windham Hill producer Cookie Marenco to produce the project.

Recorded to 2 inch tape - mixed & processed with vintage lexicon processors to 1/2 tape and mastered with minimal compression and no "brick wall" limiting - the recording almost feels like it comes from another time -before LOUD became the purpose of production & mastering.

Says Jeff: "There's a great feeling of familiarity with the sound of the recording - very vintage. It makes it feel like people have been playing the bass guitar this way for a really long time!"

There are clear parallels to bass genius Michael Manring - to whom Jeff credits for his "musical re-awakening" after 10 years away from the bass.

Jeff recalls: "One night I fell asleep on the couch with the TV on -and awoke at about 2am to the image and sound of a guy playing 3 basses at the same time. It was Michael Manring. Suddenly I was taken back to my teens - and reminded that I had my own dreams of being the guy doing weird things with a bass guitar. I got on the internet and ordered a bass the next day".

But rather than merely restating Manring's innovations, Jeff sets about re-imagining, scrambling and expanding on them in his own voice.

The compositional force evident on this recording shows Jeff is dealing with these ideas on a deeper level than mere techniques, tricks & licks. They are always in service to a uniquely personal musical and sonically poetic message.

The CD title Outré - (pronounced "oo-trey") is French and means - "passing the bounds of what is usual or considered proper; unconventional".


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Edo Castro Bassist and Composer

This CD beautifully captures his sound
Jeff is an amazing talent and one of the true original voices to come around in a long while. This CD beautifully captures his sound and the vocabulary that he has created for himself in his open tunings. There's no mindless dribble of "dig me licks" or gross servings of "NAMM Chops" here.

T-REX

Killer cd from an excellent bassist!!!
I saw this kat play on the same bill with Michael Manring and was totally blown away by his performance. Incredible disc for bass fans.

T-REX

philbert

simply awesome
I don't really know how to write a review so I'll just say I really really like the music and ideas on this cd. It's inspiring for older players like me (i'm 48) to know Jeff accomplishes so much after having taken so long off playing. I've gotten back into playing bass about 2 years ago and this cd will serve as a solid inspiration for a long time to come. Congratulations Jeff, this is some really great work!

Garrett

Some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard
Jeff Schmidt is one of my favorite artists, not just among solo artists, but artists and bands in general. I've listened to a lot of music from solo artists (as in musicians who play alone with no overdubs) and Jeff's is the most exciting and emotional solo music I've heard. The music on this album sounds FULL. It is solo bass yet, you also here lots of chords and melodies, its almost piano like. There is so much more than just technicality on this album though, the music is beautiful, colorful, its obvious that Jeff is serious about making GREAT music. This is music you will NOT forget, its pure art.

Bryan Phil

just buy it. Seriously. Buy it.
I heard about Jeff from some bass players site a few years ago, i think. He won some big contest so I figured he must be good right? Well I completely forgot about him after that (no offense Jeff).
Then I get some email that the solo cd is done. Who is this guy? Well I must have liked him to signup on his mailing list, right?
I couldn't have been more wrong. I LOVE this guy. This cd is amazing. Start to finish.

One of my favorite artists of all time is Michael Hedges (RIP brother).
Jeff has a similar vibe in how he can channel the song out of the instrument.

Outre is incredible. To me this is THE CD to take the bass into the spotlight that it deserves. This isn't "lead bass" or whatever. This is art pure and simple. Jeff gets his bass to do things that the bass has not done before. There are songs here people, not just some dude playing as fast as possible with no remorse for substance. Sure, Jeff is an amazing technician, but he is an artist first and foremost.

I bought this record only this morning and have listened to it about 6 times and I keep finding new themes throughout the record.
Thank you Jeff, Outre is destined to become a bass classic.

Buy it.

Jerry Manser

WOW!!
man there is crazy shit on this. Its like bass but not bass and it like guitar but not guitar. Jeffs got his own thing going here. Great playing and composition. I dont know where you come up with that stuff but its really beautiful.

Good job man! Now when is the next one comin out? Ha ha!!

An old friend

The man makes you want to be a bass player: Magnificent!!!
If you love, the bass, or more to the point music in general, this is one cd you cannot pass on. The magical feel of Jeff's songs make you forget he's just 1 person with 1 instrument. The harmonics alone are worth every cent you spend. The music is beautiful and inspiring, and makes me ask, what the hell was this guy doing taking a 10 year layoff from the bass. He and his music are genius!!! Encore! Encore!

Sergio Mattoso - BRAZIL

OPENING THE DOORS FOR NEW HORIZONS
It is very hard to recognize the sound of a regular bass in Outré. This solo bass CD will certainly challege the minds of many bassists around the globe. And if Michael Manring is correctly credited as the first jazz bassist to open a new door by using the tapping technique , we might as well say that Jeff is his direct apprentice in US.
The Power in "From Under the Weight of Knowing", "Trypto" and the dramatic accent in "Fury" are good examples of Jeff`s virtuosity. The different atmospheres he creates in "Still Silhouette", "Path Beyond Tracing" and "Until You Don`t" are just mesmerizing. Attention deserved to the two live performances too.
Even though I have to recognize that the tunes sound a little repetitive, it is still exiciting to hear this CD and imagine what is yet to come.

josh sayers

incredible
this cd is awesome. jeff's playing is the going to be the new thing for bass, just like the fingerstyle guitar scene has been taking over acoustic guitar playing. it's got funk, emotion, energy and passion... one of my favourite instrumental cd's of all time

Alun Vaughan

An outstanding debut by this innovative player
This is a great recording for lovers of the bass guitar and of the Michael Hedges school of intricate acoustic guitar playing (Jeff's style is much more akin to acoustic players like Hedges, Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour than it is the usual Jaco/Wooten/Manring comparisons). At times it's hard to believe that it is only one unaccompanied bass guitar that you're listening to. Highlights - "Numb", "From Under The Weight Of Knowing" and the beautiful live version of "Until You Don't"
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