LOW and BEYOND – Neil Charles

Neil Charles has long been one of the key figures in our local community, presenting group projects with the likes of Elaine Mitchener, Alexander Hawkins and more, not to mention an unforgettable 3 days residency in collaboration with Anthony Braxton.

Neil's own work on the double bass is rarely brought to the fore, so we're delighted that he's shared with us this new set of recordings made in his studio during lock-down. These 9 tracks are filled with searching passages, bowed refrains and rough and dexterous exploration, embracing the full physical possibilities of his instrument. Neil's style lands somewhere between Gary Peacock, William Parker and Fernando Grillo to our ears, but heralds its own unvarnished poeticism. 
Neil Charles - double bass

Recorded by Neil Charles
Photography by George Nelson
Mastering & artwork design by Oliver Barrett

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2 [02:20]
3 [02:10]
4 [03:18]
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6 [03:48]
7 [03:44]
8 [02:31]
9 [02:15]

Neil Charles

Neil Charles is one of the most in-demand musicians on the scene, with a huge array of credits to his name, including Jack DeJohnette, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Mingus Big Band, Jose James, Jerry Dammers, Courtney Pine, and Terence Blanchard. His own projects have included Zed U, with Shabaka Hutchings and Tom Skinner, and the more recent ensemble Dark Days, dealing with the work of James Baldwin. Most recently, he has been heard across the international scene with Gabriels. As well as being known as a bass player with a huge sound and immaculate sense of time, he is equally renowned as a producer, going by the alias Ben Marc.

"Bassist Neil Charles went flying, from the first moment filling the space with the sound of his mighty wings Henning Bolte," – Europe Jazz Media Chart