The Ungrateful Carjacker
"It has become quite commonplace that, since the solo albums from Peter Kowald, Barry Guy or William Parker, not only has the contrabass been emancipated, but also accepted as an equal instrument in improvisation, and recognized as a solo instrument. Nonetheless, solo bass recordings are considered unwieldy -- one is simply too accustomed to perceiving the bass as an accompanying instrument, responsible for the solid foundation of the groove. Living in Berlin, the young Canadian Joe Williamson is at the moment THE bassist of the European Improv and Free Jazz scene. He plays with Sven-Åke Johansson in Hudson Riv, and in the Candy-Trio. Joe Williamson is also an excellent soloist. The Ungrateful Carjacker is his solo debut. His entirely playful rich dark drones suddenly manifest themselves, as does a hidden groove, or a deep pulse that holds everything together. In the decisive moment, there are also suggestions of tradition."