Lincoln Goines Releases New Album ‘The Art of the Bass Choir’ – Bass Magazine


At the highest level of New York’s jazz, Latin and studio scenes for four decades, bassist Lincoln Goines has composed this highly ambitious recording for his debut as a frontman. With elegant textures inspired by Bill Lee’s New York Bass Violin Choir and Steve Swallow’s upper register explorations, Goines has created a collage of styles and moods, built on a collection of favorite tracks and textured in the settings of clearly voiced low-end instruments – indeed, an “Exquisite bass jungle!” By attracting ten world-class bass player friends, including Ksenia Vasileva, Victor Wooten and John Patitucci, and drummers such as Robby Ameen and Dennis Chambers, Goines has created a one-of-a-kind listening experience, celebrating the musical range of the instrument and the camaraderie of those dedicated to anchoring ensembles in time.

The spirit of the bass possessed me from an early age. Of all the myriad influences, I remember being particularly inspired by the elegant textures of Bill Lee’s New York Bass Violin Choir and Steve Swallow’s pioneering explorations of the upper register. From that point on it became a goal for me to perform music in a bass ensemble format and today I stand on the shoulders of the many low-end giants who m preceded.

I began to bring this vision to life over the past few years as a professor at Berklee College of Music, putting together arrangements for student ensembles. From what has now grown to a sizable catalog, it was a labor of love to select the pieces to feature on this project. This was done in collaboration with family and many excellent fellow musicians/alumni whom I have the honor to call my friends. I probably drove them all crazy… but I had a lot of fun making this recording.

On these tracks, I attempted to create a collage of styles and moods: groove, lyricism, tradition, virtuosity, sonic mathematics and directed chaos, textured in a context where the harmonies could resonate beyond the bounds of keyboard temperament. and in the settings clearly expressed bass. final/non-tonal instruments. Indeed, an exquisite jungle of bass!

— Lincoln Goines, New York, October 2022


1. All blues 3:36 Miles Davis
2. Spank Lee 2:47 Herbie Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson
3. Velo Piano 6:42 Dori Caymmi & Paulo Cesar Pinheiro
4. Spin the floor 2:57 goins
5. Common threads 4:55 Bobby McFerrin
6. The Weaver / La Araña 4:24 goins
7. Three views of a secret 4:20 Jacques Pastorius
8. Mambo influenced 2:15 Chucho Valdes
9. Orphic hymn/Good morning, midnight 3:46 johann johansson
10. Kaval Sviri 2:22 Bulgarian traditional folk song
11. Fugue No. 1, Op. 87 1:53 Dmitri Shostakovich
12. Adagio, 23rd Piano Concerto KV 488 4:27 Wolfgang AmadeusMozart
13. Hang up your suspensions 3:01 Hancock, Jackson, Melvin Ragin
14. Oleo 3:18 Sonny Rollin
15. Liberty City 5:04 pastorius
16. Vassar Lean 4:44 Charles Mingus


Lincoln Goines – all
Tom Kennedy – (1.7)
Ksenia Vasileva – (2,5,6,15)
Victor L. Wooten – (2)
John Patitucci – (3)
Matthew Garrison – (4)
Mike Pope – (7.14)
Susan Hagen – (9)
Gal Aviram – (12)
mike bendy – (15)
Ed Lucia – (16)

Ben Perowsky – (1)
Dennis Rooms – (2,10,13)
Mark Walker – (3,7,14)
Robby Ameen – (4,6,8,15)

Lia Irene Kohl – cello (5.6)
Lincoln Goines and Théo Horiike-Goines – voice (6.15)
Adam Nussbaum – rap (15)

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