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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00006IZAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gizmo
2. Paleontology
3. Ultra-body Over the Mountain
4. Scatter
5. Eubie Blake On Mars
6. Sabar
7. Mistral
8. The Chicago Picasso
9. Travels with Dad
10. Spool
11. Martha's Calypso
12. The Gamma People

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Michael Manring (bass), known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.

Larry Kassin (flute) founded the internationally recognized Noe Valley Music Series in 1981, one of the most innovative, eclectic, and cool concert series in the United States. His wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, SF Klezmer Experience, Rhiannon, Sonia, and Box Set, plus a recent CD release with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure.

Tom Darter (piano), founding editor of Keyboard magazine, established the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he also taught music theory and composition. He has arranged two albums of music for the Kronos Quartet (Monk Suite and Music of Bill Evans), played keyboards on numerous Jerry Goldsmith, film scores, and won several composition awards.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Ursini on February 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ambition, and taste, adventurousness and self-awareness, rarely occur all at once within the mind of any given artist - much less within three musicians, each formidably accomplished and gifted. Yet that is the case with,"Scatter," by Manring, Kassin, Darter (MKD), a live album of a dozen originals recorded live in San Francisco. Each of the trio has an enviable reputation as an instrumentalist: Michael Manring is arguably the finest bass guitarist of his generation; Tom Darter is one of contemporary piano's most resourceful thinkers; flutist Larry Kassin is profoundly skilled at assaying the full range of sounds available to his instrument. Yet on this CD, MKD focuses on playing which best serves the compositions; one of which Manring authored; the others are divided between Kassin and Darter. They are as tight a group as any active today; the supple cohesiveness of their playing is sometimes breathtaking. The result is music that challenges while remaining intoxicatingly listenable.
Empathy is central to MKD; that is clarified by the virtuosic ensemble playing; and by the compositions, many of which which regard the natural world with both spiritual dignity and sly humor. Of course, the soloes are memorable; thoughout the CD, each musician takes off on his own beautifully. Michael Manring performs a number of unaccompanied soloes that showcase a style which profoundly refresh the possibilities of the bass guitar. He bring to his instrument the sensibilities of the pocket symphonist. Larry Kassin conveys a gorgeous sense of melody through his flute playing. He betrays an exceptionally open mind. In his playing you can hear traces, truly, of most every culture where the flute is played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Jones on October 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea what to expect from a trio like Manring, Kassin and Darter. I know that their solo work and musical backgrounds are very different. So, when I saw them live at the Noe Valley Ministry, in SF where they performed the Scatter soundtrack, I was blown away. As a fellow bass player, Michael Manring, is as good as it gets. The guy is amazing: part Jaco, part Stanley, part Hendrix, but truly unique. The scary thing is that Larry and Tom keep up and exceed in their own ways with songs like "Chicago Picasso". The recording is live but has great audio quality.
So, if you want to hear something very different than the typical modern jazz CD, take a listen to this! It gets better everytime I play it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grady nubbins on January 12, 2012
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This live recording is quite entertaining and recorded quite well. It features Manring on bass, as usual, using what I would call is his signature sound throughout. Much of it is straightforward with a few avant garde pieces that have some free jazz sections thrown in, but even they aren't so obtuse that they cannot be enjoyed. There is only one familiar Manring tune on the program, the first song, Gizmo.
Manring's trio mates are Tom Darter on the piano, who has written most of the tunes and Larry Kassin on the flute and piccolo. Both of these guys are quite capable musicians and the energy of the performance comes through rather well. There is a place or two of forgivable imperfection on the execution, but it really doesn't detract from this recording to me. One thing that I was immeasurably thankful to hear was that Mr. Kassin does not feel the need to make ridiculous trilly and frilly effects on his flute the way that many jazz types seem to. He plays it pretty traditional with the occasional overblown or tone bent effect, usually perfectly placed.
The selections range from very traditional, straightforward melody driven selections like Gizmo and Ultra-Body Over the Mountain to playful like Paleontology to more abstract like The Gamma People and Scatter. I enjoyed this CD quite a bit and would certainly buy another from these gentlemen.
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