Bassist Albey Balgochian, plays a visionary style of bass.
"…he’s all over the music like a man with the most vibrant lust for life”
Nic Jones – All About Jazz
Like a great many improvisational artists, his extensive background in blues, r&b, funk, reggae, and world beat have a profound influence on his sound. Part of the downtown music scene since the 1970's, his public profile has escalated since joining with Cecil Taylor (Trio, AHA2:3, and ”Orchestra Humane” big band 2004-2006).
One of the bassists playing the New York City experimental out scene, Balgochian's avant-garde funk style of bass is breaking down the doors of compartmentalization.
Albey Balgochian’s Rhythmism “All My Relations”
“…free and inspired from the high flying opening piece …things quiet down on
Journey-ing, which builds in density and intensity until it explodes once more
- whoa! Inward begins with a sunny Latin groove on just bass and percussion,
then Sabir enters on a lush, warm toned tenor, which is a nice change of pace
for Sabir…focused and inspired from the beginning to the end.”
BLG - Downtown Music Gallery
Sabir Mateen /saxes
“…a jazz luminary in New York City’s improvised music underground…like a
lizard on a wall, finding new cavities that glisten with gems, new harmonic
zones to bask in” Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Jackson Krall /drums
"…one of the greatest unsung drummers in Jazz … plays so hard and so powerfully, yet is absolutely capable of the finest subtleties at any volume or multiple tempo" Jazz Now
Dennis Warren /percussion
“…for years has been pushing his brand of high energy jazz”
SOS Jazz - Mark Corroto
"…challenging rhythms…fluidly improvised in a free jazz environment"
Knitting Factory Knotes
"…great arco bass playing" CBGB Gallery - Christopher’s Blog to Comm
"…interesting moanful bow-work" jstheater.blogspot
"…New York's Best of 2005 Cecil Taylor Big Band-The Iridium" All About Jazz
"…my attention was caught to the very characteristic sound of Balgochian on
bass…vibrant solo…nice dissonance" Dolf Mulder - www.vitalweekly.net
"…no frills just thrills, with taste & style" Off Beat - New Orleans
"…bowing and exploring a wide range of sounds on his bass… bending notes inside out, making them talk, sing and squeal" BLG - Downtown Music Gallery
"…Be prepared to go places you haven't been before."
Warren Murchie - Bass Inside
"…A stands for Albey and Albey stands for bass."
Jim Hyatt - Publisher/Editor, Bass Frontiers