This album represents a snapshot of my regular daily routine, reading and working on classical repertoire intended for other instruments. I work on music for piano, cello, violin, etc for the technical challenge it presents me and also to extend my musical vocabularly and reading skills.
Bassist and educator Jonathan Dimond’s compilation of classical études performed on 6-string bass is a true testament to his work ethic. This is very difficult material, and his technically masterful approach shines through on the 13-track album. With the exception of the Bach Prelude for Piano No. 3, the collection features études from the fabled Kreutzer studies that have plagued violinists and their instructors for generations. While Dimond’s articulation, tone, and general execution come close to flawless, bringing life and soul to these juggernauts is a challenging task, and in that respect, he falls short; even with the Bach, his performances border on stiff and mechanical. But for those looking to tackle this repertoire on electric bass, Dimond clearly illuminates the path.Ed Friedland, Bass Player Magazine, April 2014