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Bass on Top [Original recording remastered]

Paul ChambersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000TZUSJE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Top Bass-Driven Album in All of Jazz August 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Bass on Top" is an unique, perhaps even ambitious, album from the blue note catalog, and while it shares some similarities to say a Kenny Burrell album of the period, it's closest relative is the 1960 offering "Soulnik" from the other great bassist of the time: Doug Watkins. However on "Soulnik" Watkins, who at the time rivaled Chambers for the title of best up-and-comer (check out his other leader date: "Watkins at Large", or his work with Donald Byrd, particularly "Byrd in Flight", if you're interested) employed a separate bassist so he could focus on cello. The effect was a rhythm section driven album, that tried to show what an ambitious bassist could do as a leader. "Soulnik" was helped by the presence of Yusef Lateef on flute and oboe, however it's fatal flaw was that Watkins himself neglected the bass duties in favor of a cello he had only started playing three days prior to the recording. Paul Chambers, on the other hand, with "Bass on Top" avoided all the mistakes of the Watkins album (though not consciously as "Bass on Top" was cut in 1957). Chambers does a lot of superb bow work, however he keeps his bread and butter abilities on the bass front and center. One of the really interesting things going on in this album is the playing of Hank Jones. It seems that in effect the bass and piano have switched positions on this date. Instead of the bass accentuating the piano work, Mr. Jones is instead comping to the sublime ever-flowing play of Mr. Chambers, adding a languid flavor to the continuous stream of round walking lines and bowing. The playing of Hank Jones in the lemon running smoothly over the meat of Chambers thick-toned bass. Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tops January 11, 2008
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A wonderful album. Chambers' use of the bow is ear-opening on "Yesterdays", his plucked statement of the melody on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" makes for a line as stimulating as the Adderleys' "Work Song". The support of Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones and Art Taylor is perfect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Top Bass-Driven Album in All of Jazz August 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Bass on Top" is an unique, perhaps even ambitious, album from the blue note catalog, and while it shares some similarities to say a Kenny Burrell album of the period, it's closest relative is the 1960 offering "Soulnik" from the other great bassist of the time: Doug Watkins. However on "Soulnik" Watkins, who at the time rivaled Chambers for the title of best up-and-comer (check out his other leader date: "Watkins at Large", or his work with Donald Byrd, particularly "Byrd in Flight", if you're interested) employed a separate bassist so he could focus on cello. The effect was a rhythm section driven album, that tried to show what an ambitious bassist could do as a leader. "Soulnik" was helped by the presence of Yusef Lateef on flute and oboe, however it's fatal flaw was that Watkins himself neglected the bass duties in favor of a cello he had only started playing three days prior to the recording. Paul Chambers, on the other hand, with "Bass on Top" avoided all the mistakes of the Watkins album (though not consciously as "Bass on Top" was cut in 1957). Chambers does a lot of superb bow work, however he keeps his bread and butter abilities on the bass front and center. One of the really interesting things going on in this album is the playing of Hank Jones. It seems that in effect the bass and piano have switched positions on this date. Instead of the bass accentuating the piano work, Mr. Jones is instead comping to the sublime ever-flowing play of Mr. Chambers, adding a languid flavor to the continuous stream of round walking lines and bowing. The playing of Hank Jones in the lemon running smoothly over the meat of Chambers thick-toned bass. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass is boring? Think again! November 4, 2007
By JoeyD
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The legendary Paul Chambers following in the footsteps of the great, albeit short-lived career of the Duke's Jimmy Blanton (he died tragically at the age of 22), completely transcends the range of his instrument on this amazing 1957 recording. Again, thanks go out to Blue Note and Rudy V.G. for rereleasing this beauty. If you think that the bass is exclusively used as a tool for the rythm section, think again. Chambers shows off his chops like never before as he lead this all-star quartet which also includes Kenny Burrell (guitar), Hank Jones (piano) and Art Taylor (drums).
It is very difficult to describe Chambers magnificent performance, let's just say that it's right up there with his best ever and no amount of superlatives can quite do it justice. Also, it's definitely his most unique (that I've heard) for both his use of irregular amount of space and the wonderful way this one has a chamber music type feel to it (at times, his bass sounds a lot like a violin and/or cello). From the moment we hear the first piece "Yesterdays" and Chambers opens with a bowed work on a haunting, harrowing solo you will know you are in for something unique and provocative. This first song might be the toughest to get through for those non-jazz purists for it's eerie, macabre feel. However, the rest of the album is much more upbeat and will have more of a universal appeal.

The rest of the quartet is superb as well. Burrell's presence more than makes up for the albums lack of horns. He is, as seemingly always, brilliant, and he really stands out on Bird's "Chasin the Bird" and to me completely dominates on the next song, the upbeat, spirited "Dear Old Stockholm".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing bass
I listened a couple of melodies at radio, enough to look for this record and after listen all tracks, what a jewel!!! I want all records from Paul!
Published 15 months ago by Jesus Barajas Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass on Top - Must have jazz recording
Bass on Top - Must have jazz recording. Classic jazz. Great performances by all. Chambers in top form. Some great work by guitarist Kenny Burrell.
Published 16 months ago by Lark
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential!
If you play jazz bass or are interested in jazz bass, this is an album you must own. Worth the price of purchase just for the opening track, Yesterdays, which has some of the most... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Chambers on Top
~ This rather expensive import CD appears can be obtained at a reasonable price at the following link: Bass on Top, where you will find detailed reviews of this highly recommended... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D.R.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Chambers on Top
~ NOTE: This expensive import CD can be purchased for a reasonable price at the following link: Bass on Top. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D.R.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Chambers on Top
~ Paul Chambers was one of the most in-demand, highly respected musicians of his time. Unfortunately, his recording career as leader and as sidemen for many of the elite jazz... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D.R.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars What splitting the musical atom sounds like!
It seems somewhere between an insult and utter impertinence to review such an outstanding recording as this. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by ARWoollock
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes The Bass Chambers
Having played the upright bass as a youngster in the school band was one of the shinning moments of my life. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars bassist etraordinaire
Paul Chambers in my honest opinion,not to leave out many others,was one of the greatest jazz bassist there was. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Steven D. wheeler
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