Thomas Helton - DOUBLEBASS: Very nice improvised bass compositions. This is Houston-based Helton's debut CD as a solo player. Unless you're used to freeform, the listening may be a bit of a challenge, but (in this reviewer's opinon), that's a good thing! You'll need the headphones & an hour or so of no interruptions to absorb the sonic beauty he paints for your ears... lots of spaces for you to fill in the holes with. He frequently plays the lower registers, so there is at times an 'ominous' tones... since there are only 3 tracks, you will need to hear a/the whole track to understand (even a little bit) what he is saying. If you're a 'pop freak', with the attention span of (so) many American listeners, this won't attract you... but he has high energy and is totally immersed in the intricacy of the moment - that earns a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us, particularly for seasoned improv veterans. A most interesting/absorbing journey into strings. Rotcod Zzaj.