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“World Wide Bass is an absorbing and enjoyable album. Hoock’s passionate playing and creative collaborations make this CD an important addition to any bassist’s collection. Hoock’s liner notes begin with the maxim “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” In this recording, she does indeed blaze new trails: through new repertoire, incorporation of world and jazz styles, and intriguing instrumental combinations.” – ISB Journal
Do not follow where the path may lead go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
With its versatility the double bass joins together the most diverse worlds and people. This amazing instrument is fascinating with its variety of tone-colours and its ability to communicate on so many musical levels.
Like with our Contrabajisimo CD we decided to leave the standard and everyday paths of classical bass playing behind. Filled with musical wanderlust and curiosity we searched for new horizons and, in Glen Moore, Dietmar Lowka, and Andreas Hinterseher, found inspiring travelling companions who were just as inquisitive as we were. We ventured into uncharted terrain and discovered entrancing melodies and rhythms, which reveal the soul of their country of origin:
The magical landscapes of a Fata Morgana, the sound of a mystical soothsayer’s prophecies, and the march of the dwarfs on Icelandic soil, the blooming landscapes of Anatolia and Japan, the oriental rhythm of life in the alleyways of Beirut, the idyllic peace and quiet of the Oregon valleys, the serene beauty and intimacy/proximity of my adopted Bavarian domicile, all the way to the pulsating hustle and melancholic flair of Buenos Aires …
I am particularly delighted that Rabih Abou-Khalil, Arni Egilsson, and Erdal Tugcular dedicated their compositions to me.