Tony Grey: Chasing Shadows
Tony Grey (bass)
Chasing Shadows (Abstract Logix ABLX 010)
Tony Grey (bass),
Elliot Mason (bass trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Oli Rockberger (piano), Chris Dave (drums).
Composed by Tony Grey.
Recorded: New York, August 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Tony Grey is among that corps of younger jazz bass players who have known from the beginning that the bass is more than just a member of the rhythm section. Jaco, Clarke, Egan, Hellborg and others had long since paved the way for the use of the bass guitar as lead voice. This paradigm shift has allowed later players to ignore the arbitrary limits put on the bass in the past because they aren't even aware of them. This has enabled a new a generation of players to excel technically and compositionally. If you are unaware of any limitations, you have no boundaries.
One such bass player who is perfect for his time is Tony Grey. Aside from his wonderful playing, he is proving to be a composer of great clarity. "Chasing Shadows" features an unusual instrumentation. To envision a harmonica, bass trumpet and electric bass melding together in a composition requires a truly open imagination. All of the musicians perform superbly on the hummable "Chasing Shadows." But the real star is the composition itself. It is a fully formed piece that has both a real jazz feeling and a pop sensibility. That is one hell of a difficult thing to achieve without the music sounding like that brain-cell draining sludge Smooth Jazz. (Pardon me while I gag.) Grey's bass-playing prowess and writing skills look like the making for a very long and fruitful road ahead.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky