- Includes 5 Bonus Études (only on jasonrasomusic.com)
The primary goal of this book is to help improve your chord spelling and fingerboard knowledge. Mastering chord tones will help you build more interesting bass lines. In addition, greater harmonic awareness will help you become a stronger writer, improviser, and soloist.
SPECIAL: Order the CD and receive a free download card!
The Jason Raso Funktet: Live At The Jazz Room Recorded January 13/14, 2017
Alexis Baro - Trumpet Brent Rowan - Alto Saxophone Tyler Wagler - Guitar Thomas Hammerton - Keyboards Adam Bowman - Drums Jason Raso - Electric Bass
All songs composed by Jason Raso Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 arranged by Rob Gellner Tracks 1, 6 arranged by Brent Rowan
Live Sound and Recording Engineering by Jeremy Bernard Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Bernard Executive Producer: Tom Nagy Photography: Gee Wong Graphic Design: Andrea Deering
Limited number available now!
Official Release date: June 14th, 2011.
Bassist, Jason Raso makes his Summit Records debut with The Red Arrow. Truly an international affair, The Red Arrow features U.S. B3 legend Tony Monaco, Canadian jazz vet's Richard Underhill (alto saxophone) and Ted Warren (drums), Italian vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti, and was mastered at the legendary Abbey Rd. Studios in London.
On The Red Arrow, Raso delivers ten original compositions in the spirit of Grant Green, Jimmy Smith and Jaco Pastorius. He also gives inspired performances on electric bass, acoustic double bass and electric guitar. The Red Arrow is a strong debut from this promising newcomer.
"Canadian bassist Jason Raso is a bit of a chameleon. On YouTube, one can view him playing a solo electric bass tribute to Jaco Pastorius, replete with distortion-laced frenzy on Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun.” The Red Arrow, however, is an entirely different story. Raso delves into an early ‘60’s organ-group vibe on Grant Green-inspired numbers like “Nightcrawler” and “Corner Pocket,” both fueled by the blazing Hammond B3 work of Tony Monaco. Raso turns in an accomplished electric bass solo on the midtempo groover “Jaybird,” then switches to upright on the 7/4 number “The Colbert Bump.” Alto saxophonist Richard Underhill and organist Joe Doria also contribute potent solos on the earthy second-line number “Mr. Green.”
Bill Milkowski – Jazztimes – October 2011
"The Red Arrow shows Raso’s sense as a bandleader. Embedded into its tight groovy tunes, the bandleader plays strong accompaniments and agile solos. Moreover, he’s a great contrabassist with healthy tone and style sense. Stylistically, The Red Arrow’s ten tracks offer a diverse range of jazz, blues, boogaloo and latin rhythms."
Lars Lehmann – Bass Professor Magazine
"Finger snapping blues riffs with Raso's well-paced guitar in the starring role."
George Fendel - Jazz Society of Oregon
"From the subtle grooves of the opening track “Nightcrawler” all the way through to the funkier “Mr. Green”, Raso demonstrates he is as much a composer as he is a bassist. Handling the electric guitar duties as well, Raso verifies his skill as a musician and his knowledge of jazz.
Raso gives us a smooth, swinging jazz album here with a stellar line-up of players. Listening to The Red Arrow I can imagine sitting in a stylish jazz club enjoying the atmosphere as much as the music. Closing my eyes I lean back and relax taking it all in. 8/10."
Standing Solo: The Beatles for Electric Bass
The 2 song EP is now available on Moped Records.
Featuring solo bass arrangements of “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday.” Mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Recorded by Andrew McPherson at Monastereo, Cover art by Mark Rehkopf, Layout by Dave Peleschak
Proceeds from the EP will help fund the ultimate goal of recording a full-length album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
- Limited Edition
- Signed & Numbered
- Only 200 available
Featuring Alain Caron (bass), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) and Francesco Pinetti (vibraphone)
"Jason Raso is, simply, one of my favorite bassist-composers working today. So, it is my humble pleasure to review his predominately solo 6-string outing, Man of 40 Faces! Though this is a heretofore-unheard format for Jason, he and his gorgeous tone sway and swoon nimbly across his fretted (Furlanetto) F Bass with the ease of a master surgeon! The release opens with the 4-part Suite Smell Of Success that also encompasses the title track. The track “That Tropical Island Mood” gets my vote for “cool tune on the CD” as it features a beautifully placed melody that’s somewhere sounds somewhere between tapped and hammered. Very cool approach to melody, Jason!
The first composition that features another player is the “White Russian Waltz”, and the featured player is the great Francesco Pinetti on mallets! Yes! Perfect. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is featured on thumb-style delivery of “Stone Cold Liberation”, and the great Alain Caron adds his horn-like fretless as he teams with Jason to deliver the delightful bass basse duet, “Blues For Rocco”.
In all, this is a very, very well produced and well-played collection of great tunes that I recommend highly! Amazingly, after listening to this CD several times, I am not bored in the least! Jason can hold your attention and give you a reason to run to the practice shed! Again… simply delightful!
Must hear tunes: ALL OF THEM! That Tropical Island Mood, White Russian Waltz, Blues For Rocco, Stone Cold Liberation."
- Brent-Anthony Johnson (Bass Musician Magazine)
"Bassist/guitarist doubler composer Jason Raso is back with a grooving, swinging, bumping outing with his sexy quartet. This time, the new thing is called Slingshot, and it features seven tasty Raso penned tunes and an eighth written by saxophonist Brent Rowan. This time out, Jason focuses on his 4-string, fretted Spector Coda bass and leaves the polyphony to keybardist Thomas Hammerton, while he and drummer Adam Bowman keep the groove slippery, sultry and, at times, utterly stinky!
Check out Bowman’s contribution to “All That Democracy Jazz”. Yeah! Good feel on this one! Both “Dip & Dodge” and “The Mind Wanders” show Jason bringing it home in sharp fashion. Jason has wonderful tone that notes an honesty and love for the music he’s playing that I appreciate! This record has 0 filler throughout, and each of the players truly contribute to the sound of the quartet. I live for the sound and feel of the musical esprit de corps I hear throughout this recording. I’d love to see this project live! Must hear tunes: Dip & Dodge, My Mind Wanders, All That Democracy Jazz"
Live At The Jazz Room / Man of 40 Faces / Slingshot / The Red Arrow 4 CD Pack
Live At The Jazz Room (2017)
Jason Raso Funktet
Featuring eight new compositions by Jason Raso recorded live at The Jazz Room in Waterloo, Ontario.
Alexis Baro - trumpet Brent Rowan - saxophone Thomas Hammerton - keyboards Tyler Wagler - guitar Adam Bowman - drums Jason Raso - electric bass
Man of 40 Faces
The Jason Raso Quartet
Jason Raso - electric bass, Brent Rowan - saxophone, Adam Bowman - drums, and Thomas Hammerton - keyboards