Jan. 18, 2013
Jazz fusion bassist Ethan Farmer (aka “E-Bassman”) is certainly no stranger to the music industry, having toured with some of the finest in music over the years. In fact, he has just returned from a tour with famed pianist/vocalist Lionel Ritchie. His debut, Wine & Strings, was released in 2011, and he is now re-releasing it here with a full length 14-track release to follow in late Spring this year.
Strutting out material that is bold, muscular, and solid with creativity, Farmer is not tip-toeing onto the scene with his solo venture but confidently stepping through that door. His sense of what constitutes good fusion with great bass lines is immediately noticeable on such tracks as “12,” the energetic “Showdown,” the thunderous “Watch,” and equally biting “Yikes.” “Watch” has been the telling track getting great airplay and steadily climbing on smooth jazz charts.
Joined here by his cousin and co-writer of the material, Damien “Dammo” Farmer, the bassist’s material speaks an appealing language all its own while you can easily see the artist settling down in a session with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten and feeling right at home.
I’ve always thought that the well-played lead bass presents itself with great authority, and Farmer clearly demonstrates that here. His funky technique, writing skills, and insight undoubtedly have already raised the eyebrows of many of his peers who certainly must respect his gift.
Fusion fans certainly aren’t the only people who will enjoy this release but they should definitely be pleased to have yet another who knows his way around this special genre. I can only imagine what awaits us in late Spring when the bassist adds several more tracks to this album. Simply put: Talented and most impressive. – Ronald Jackson