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A collection of live subscriber-exclusives - the latter three are all opening tunes from their respective gigs - so you can hear something of the evolution of how I was approaching beginning a set (Chloe's Tune is from 2013, Curiosity and Curious (Still) are from 2015.

The open track is from the London Bass Guitar Show in 2015, with Ruth Goller - she's one of my favourite bassists, and we've been trying to sort doing more music together since then... it WILL happen :)

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released April 6, 2015

Steve Lawson - bass/mixing/mastering/artwork
Ruth Goller - bass on Miracle/Inevitable

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Steve Lawson UK

The UK's most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there's a lot to discover.

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Track Name: Miracle/Inevitable (with Ruth Goller)
Miracle/Inevitable is from the London Bass Guitar Show 2015, where I was joined by one of my favourite bassists in the world, Ruth Goller - I'd been wanting to play with Ruth for ages. As you'll hear, she brings a completely different kind of energy to our improv, which pulled me in new directions. Looking forward to playing more soon! There's a bit at the end of the tune where it sounds like it's going to explode... our basses massively overloaded the input on the recording, and I thought about filtering it out, but that brokenness actually works quite well :)
Track Name: Chloe's Tune
This was recorded on my Nov 2013 tour with Yolanda Charles - I started each solo set with an improvisation, and at The Islington I dedicated it at the end to my friend Chloë who was there that night. Hence 'Chloe's Tune'.

So it's a live solo recording with no edits or overdubs...

Photo by David J W Bailey. Used with permission
Track Name: Curiosity
Curiosity is from the week after the london show, at the Moffat Bass Bash - it was my opening improvisation, and is the first public outing for a fun thing I'm experimenting with that's sort of improvised counterpoint - trying to get two lines overlapping in interesting ways... More of this coming v. soon :)
Track Name: Curious (Still)
The opening segment from my concert in Poole, Dorset, on 25th June, 2015.

It starts in a similar place to the piece that became 'Curiosity' on the Explore EP that came out on here a while ago, hence the name. It's still an exploration of how a collection of disparate musical ideas can flow together and be superimposed into a more complex whole.

My solo set in Poole was followed by a group improv set with some amazing musicians - hopefully I'll get to share some of the recording of that with you too!

Til then, enjoy this... :)