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"BASS PLAYERS UNITED" Album Review
"Andy Saxton’s ‘Evolution of the Thumb’ is the first solo album by the former member of little known London rockers New Device, and what an album it is! His playing displays such a high level of skill and panache that it seems to proudly proclaim Saxton’s desire to join the ranks of uber-bassists such as Wooten, Berlin and co, and with forthwith effect!’
There’s a huge sense of accomplishment to this disc. From the moment the opening title track begins you are aware that you are listening to a player of great dexterity and skill, one who pings and pops with speed, flourish and aplomb. The bulk of the song structures are unashamedly derived from the Metal genre. Tunes such as ‘Harlequin’ and ‘Labyrinth’ are reminiscent of a Metallica album with the vocal tracks erased (which, some might argue, would be an improvement). There’s a force and drive to his playing that pushes the listener along with it. However, that’s not to say the album lacks variety. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a flurry of activity, utilizing super-fast thumb action and tastefully placed harmonics. The funky motif to ‘Streamer’ could almost be Mark King, while ’Echo Falls’, with its early Human League style backing track, is a marvelously melodic piece.
From a forerunner perspective, Saxton’s playing most resembles that of Stu Hamm, with its high tone, complex, super-fast chord picking, and gritty rock sensibilities.
Saxton is a highly skilled bassist who clearly plays like a demon. ‘Evolution of the Thumb’ dazzles at every turn. He is a major new talent and – as an advertisement of his abilities – this album is less a post office postcard and more a West End department store window display. A name to watch (and listen to) going forward."
Album TRACK Preview: CLICK>>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CnC9d83boE&index=1
- EVOLUTION OF THE THUMB
- ECHO FALLS
- TOM THUMB
- OUR LAST DRIVE
- TAKE YOUR PICK
- THE OPPOSABLE
Original Album Review: CLICK>http://www.bassplayersunited.com/2012/02/album-review-andy-saxton-evolution-of-the-thumb-2/
"BASS PLAYERS UNITED" Album Review
"Andy Saxton is a London bassist with formidable chops, a distinctive tone, and fantastic ears. Not literally, obviously (although he may have; I’ve never met him and he tends to wear a hat in photographs so it’s difficult to tell), but his use of melody and top notch arranging skills clearly indicate this. With a background in rock and metal, his exhilarating playing style has taken him to some influential support slots in the past decade, including tours alongside My Chemical Romance and arena gigs with Bon Jovi. ‘Blood, Sweat & Years’ is his fourth album and is something of a departure from his previous releases.
With his bass taking center stage, and – most importantly – no sight of an electric guitar anywhere (gasp, ye rockers!), what he has delivered is a contemporary pop record, and a pretty good one at that. A kind of bass-centic Gotye, if you will, or a less wince- inducing version of The Script.
From the opening number, the upbeat and epic instrumental ‘Broken Ladders’, you are aware that this album is loaded with ambition. Production values are high, as algorithmic rhythms twist beneath quizzing vocal melodies. Strings stab over tumbling bass and drums, while keyboards provide additional textures. Saxton’s voice is a little reminiscent of Sting’s, with touches of Robert Smith also detectable (particularly noticeable on The Cure-like ‘Think of You’). His bass playing is exemplary throughout as he twangs through neatly picked chord structures (‘Pretty Puppets’), slaps jauntily to stuttering rhythms (‘Back to Reality’), or races along the fretboard at dazzling speeds (‘Carousel’).
Sometimes, of course, he combines all three (‘Aurora’). Engaging, upbeat and energetic, this is a great album. With his confident and mature songwriting, this release deserves to transcend the ‘bass-lovers-only’ market and gain a wider audience."
Album TRACK Preview CLICK>>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr8wvhHfHOA
- BROKEN LADDERS (instrumental)
- SORDID ROAD
- SPACE THAT YOU REQUIRE
- THINK OF YOU
- PRETTY PUPPETS
- BACK TO REALITY
- ACE'S DANCING (instrumental)
- ENVISION (instrumental)
- CAROUSEL (instrumental)
- AURORA (instrumental)
- COVER ''CLOSE TO ME'' by THE CURE
Original Album Review CLICK>http://www.bassplayersunited.com/2014/07/andy-saxton-blood-sweat-years/
Amour Propre is an old solo project I started in 2004. 2 EP's released worldwide via iTunes, 2 Music Videos, 1 Promo video directed by Bryan Adams and many hits on old school myspace (back in the day)
I will re visit this project one day.