A Bipolar Concerto (preview version)

by Larry Kornfeld

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In my formative years as a bass player, the early Seventies, I became aware of and listened intently to virtuoso bassists such as Stanley Clarke, Chris Squire, Ray Brown, and Scott LaFaro. What these artists did was way beyond the conventional and I was hooked.

I no longer wanted to merely competent, and certainly not conventional.

On this track I am attempting to display a bit of Stanley Clarke influence, with a nod to Mark King and Marcus Miller, who have become favorites of mine more recently.

An earlier iteration of this piece did not have the three little bass features. Instead it was a guitar playing baroque sounding runs. It was cool but I didn't fully love it and I felt I could do something better on the bass, even if it was outside of my comfort zone, since I don't consider myself a great slapper of the bass.

On the solo bass areas, I am playing one of my Fishbone basses, the six string beauty in the photo, with Lace Alumitone pickups. I am plugged into a REDDI and an ART ProChannel. The other bass track is a Modulus Graphite Quantum 6spi, also with Lace Alumitone pickups, using the same recording chain, played with a pick. There is also a deep synth bass track audible in a few areas.

This track was conceived and realized entirely by me.

This file, version, and mix, is not the same as the one in the final Reconcilation album.


released August 31, 2016



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Larry Kornfeld St. Louis, Missouri

When I first got into music, there was no way I could conceive of what I'm doing here, creating fully realized works of musical art with only a computer and my imagination.

For me, composing music is an incredibly fulfilling activity. I plan to create a catalog of challenging and interesting music for those whose tastes run in the direction of prog rock and fusion, Zappa, Yes, Steely Dan, etc.
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