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Apr 08

Edgar Meyer

image A quick, unusual recommendation for this blog.  On Saturday I walked downtown.  A little overwhelmed by the Union Square crowds and needing a break, I jumped into the Borders Books, grabbed a cup of coffee and found a quiet chair to sit in.  At that moment they started playing Edgar Meyer’s Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites – Performed on Double Bass.  I own this one and recognized it straight away.  For whatever reason, it was exactly the right music at exactly the right time to soothe whatever was ailing me and I sat and listened to the whole thing.  This recording particularly appeals to me because there are so few good bass recordings out there:

Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/I. Prélude (Instrumental)
Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/II. Allemande (Instrumental)
Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/III. Courante (Instrumental)

Net net, I’ve been listening all week. 

I first heard about Meyer when the Rice string bass majors were talking about his work on a Lyle Lovett album and I had the pleasure of seeing him a couple of years ago at the Herbst.  Genius.

And yes, this inspired me to dust off the bass and see how badly my skills have deteriorated (not too bad, thankfully!).  Maybe some bass work will make it on the next album…