Larrybass | Rainforest Go-Go

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Rainforest Go-Go

by Larrybass

Instrumental funk & R&B, some fusion with a sprinkling of jazz
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Rainforest Go-Go
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2. Nuance
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3. Free Flow
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4. Freedom Ride
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I am an electric bassist and guitarist that was heavily influenced by funk, R&B, blues and jazz fusion. I listened to Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorius, Louis Johnson, Stanley Clarke, Bootsy Collins, Prince, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, Matthew Garrison, George Benson, Ronny Jordan, Frank Gambale and Jimmy Ponder --just to name a few. I've decided to change things up a little from the Protocol Theory project (http://www.protocoltheory.com) and try a solo effort. I usually hear melodies and rhythms that stay in my mind for days. This CD is just the first of hopefully a series of these "musical sketch pad drawings".


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Jimmy Ponder

Groove-riffic, mood-riffic music
I am jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder. Just Google me to find out who I am. I have listened to the Larrybass CD and I have to tell you that this young brother is a genius. Keep making music!

Ronny Jordan

New Sheriff in Town
I am jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan. I just listened to your recordings and I gotta tell you, Marcus better watch out! There's a new sheriff in town! And his name is Larrybass!!! I actually like it, especially track no 2 - funky!!! Keep up the good work bro and please also continue to keep me posted.

Richard in Astoria


Review of Larry “Bass” Harris’ Rainforest Go-go

Rainforest Go-go is the first solo effort by semi-pro bass playing regular on the New York smooth jazz scene. Having talked with the artist himself and learning the details of his home sound-mixing rig, I was surprised at how polished most of the disc sounds.

The first and album titled song Rainforest Go-go is very reminiscent of the sound Herbie Hancock during his Dis is Da Drum and Cannibal Headhunters period. It features Larry Harris’ frenetic bass figures coupled with a guitar line that doesn’t really come across. Admittedly I listened to this track on a small stereo without a sub woofer, but it seemed the guitar part was way too out in front. And when that guitar part wasn’t particularly interesting, I wish the bass line was mixed louder.

The second song Nuance again in the mix highlights the guitar that rhythmically is has got more going for it than in Rainforest Go-go, however the artist added a redundant violin chorus track that doesn’t add to the song. The bass work is what really shines here with its hints of P-Funk style, but the bass line needed to be mixed louder relative to the violins and guitar.

The third song Free Flow, titled out of order on the CD, again reminiscent of Hancock’s work in the 80’s, is the most professional sounding track on the CD. Mr. Harris has layered several voices including marimba, violin, bells, and the standard drum kit. The song features a sophisticated modulation between dominant and minor chords that comes across as very smooth, and with the successive layers of instruments, this works very well.

The fourth song Freedom Ride, titled as Free Flow on the CD, is answers the question: What if Joe Satriani decided to play Killer Joe? Killer Joe is not a bad place to start, and Harris, with this song, has shown he has integrated completely the sensibilities of the 70’s and 80’s New York jazz sound. The song features a guitar solo and bass solo that is filled with furious fretwork that moves through the chord changes with little appreciable effort. The solos really make CD worth having.

This demonstration of musical multi-tasking demonstrates Harris’ skills as a true anchorman of any good combo. I look forward to his further productions with more collaborators.