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As much as any bassist in jazz - or even anyone on its periphery-California-born Barre Phillips has expanded the language and expectations for his chosen instrument. He's played a part in duo bass sessions alongside Dave Holland and organized an ensemble of three bassists and a drummer, in addition to putting together a succession of solo recordings that began in the late '60s. The ECM release is segmented into “Quest,” “Inner Door” and “Outer Door,” each suites unto themselves, working through melody and bowed textures. Perhaps the most resonant statement is repeated on “Quest, Pt. 4” and “Inner Door, Pt. 4.” - DownBeat Magazine Editors' Pick
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