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By the time Tom Jenkinson made his first all-bass album in 2006, his virtuosity had developed to the point where his technique no longer resembled what pop music fans would recognize as bass playing. The six-string bass brings the songs on Solo Electric Bass 1 much closer to solo guitar music. The album’s great surprise is that, despite Jenkinson’s reputation as a furious modernist, many sounds here resemble old (or even ancient) instruments like the banjo and lute. Pieces like “Seb—1.09” bear the influence of lyrical jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell, while Jenkinson’s preoccupation with frantic jazz-funk fusion is fully apparent on “Seb—1.02” and “Seb—1.03.” Still, the most interesting pieces are the ones in which he conjures unexpected and ancient sounds from his instrument. In the process of mining his technique and the potential of his six-string bass, Jenkinson uncovers strands of flamenco, indigenous African instrumentation, and lute music of the Renaissance.

Customer Reviews

tom jenkinson is truly the jimi hendrix of the bass guitar

amazed to find this very limited warp records release on here. this show is legendary. in my opinion one of the greatest multi-instrumentalist of all time.

Good bassist

Tom Jenkinson is a great Bassist, but a whole album of only bass solos is ridiculous. Maybe an EP with, like, three or four songs would have been cool, but this overdoes it.

My least favorite squarepusher

This is kind of like when David Hasslehoff thinks that just because producers like him in movies he can also record records.


Born: January 17, 1975 in Chelmsford, Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson makes manic, schizoid, experimental drum'n'bass with a heavy progressive jazz influence and a lean toward pushing the clichés of the genre out the proverbial window. Rising from near-total obscurity to drum'n'bass cause célèbre in the space of a couple of months, Jenkinson released only a pair of EPs and a DJ Food remix for the latter's Refried Food series before securing EP and LP release plans with three different labels. His first full-length work, Feed Me Weird Things...
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