Jamie Mallender | Return To Bass

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Return To Bass

by Jamie Mallender

A bass guitar oriented fusion, crossover, progressive, instrumental album featuring a mishmash of genres, time changes and mood swings with a loose Sci-Fi B-Movie feel - more musical journey than virtuoso showcase, nevertheless displaying impressive chops
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Layla's Funk
2:59 $0.99
2. The Bass Player Answers Back
2:54 $0.99
3. Theme From Nowhere
4:12 $0.99
4. The Amazing Adventures Of An Interstellar Glam Hippy
8:18 $0.99
5. Planet Happiness (A Tribute To The Cardigan)
3:41 $0.99
6. The Guilt
5:58 $0.99
7. Return To Bass
2:10 $0.99
8. Kidney Bean
1:08 $0.99
9. Captain Blake vs The Lion
3:40 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Jamie, " In making "Return To Bass" I have ignored every formula in the book, every critic with an opinion of any kind and every opportunity to make it more commercially accessible. I have skipped from one genre to another and spliced musical styles together, always avoiding the obvious route. This album was not written to please anyone but me. Each track expresses how I felt at the time of recording, and goes on a musical journey that I enjoyed taking. It was not recorded to make a lot of money, or to make me famous. This album is my one finger answer to a music industry that needs a good old shake by the throat, and to all people who are happy to be spoon-fed manufactured music."

All instruments on "Return To Bass" are played by Jamie himself.



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Return to bass review
"Return to bass" is a truly wonderful and unique instrumental album. The music is great, production values are perfect. There are many instruments and neither one of them gets lost in the mix.

Joe Morgan

Review To Bass
I really like the album. Reminds me of the jams classic bands would get into. Like Led Zeppelin without lyrics or when Sabbath used to do these long jazzy type breaks in the middle of songs. It just sounds classic. It could fit in with almost any great band you can name. "Planet Happiness" is like a cross between Pink Floyd and Zepp. My favourite though is "Kidney Bean". That so sounds like it could be a full fledged song with lyrics almost as if it was an idea you had but decided not to go that route.. "Return To Bass" isn't an album I would listen to at the gym but will be getting good plays at home.
I hope you plan a follow up. I'd purchase that to. Great work there! :)


"Return To Bass" is awesome!
The "Return To Bass" album is excellent: songs are great, production values are awesome; not a single instrument gets lost in the mix, and there are many instruments (all performed by Jamie) so album is rich and has variety that many people will find interesting!

Edward Baggett

When the bass player answer back - U better listen
I must admit I had never heard of J. Mallender till he joined the Tony Martin band in 2005. (Throu TM I've learned of great people such as Dario Mollo, Aldo Giuntini, Rolf Munkes) but he's one of those 'unknowns' that your glad you've came across. I've had the chance to preview these songs on his official website and I cant wait till I get this cd N the mail within the next few days. And at 13$ thats a more than fair price for great music. And I hope it's ok to post a review before the album arrives. Cuz I got a pretty good idea this will be some good stuff. And I hope its also ok to post a link for more info on Mallender http://edtrader.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=jm see here for an interview with Mallender and a worker on his cd artwork.

Svein Børge Hjorthaug

All Your Bass Are Belong To Us
I first became aware of Jamie's work through his Tony Martin association, but it is important to keep in mind all his other projects and diversity of styles. This is NOT primarily a metal-oriented record, although it certainly rocks at times. Fully instrumental, this is a tour de force through a variety of styles - rock, prog, ambience, fusion, psychedelia and even short melodic dittys.

Depending on your point of view, the album will either be all over the place with the songs having no unified style, or you'll find that it displays an exciting range of styles and is an exciting musical odyssey. I can see both points, but definately find myself more in the latter category. The common theme is that the bass guitar is the main voice, usually melodic, always flowing along nicely. Nothing seems forced, it flows along effortlessly, and the music breathes very well. I would have liked a little less fusion-inspired moments and more psychedelic freakout personally, but that does not take much away from what I find to be a great effort.

Michael Cosyn

Great Prog-Fusion Outside The Box
It is rare when I pick up a CD and pop it in and like it immediately. That is exactly what happened when I listened to "Return To Bass." If you seek a slick pop CD, than this is not for you. What lies within is a collection of well written prog-fusion songs that are obviously bass-centric but highly enjoyable to anyone that enjoys the style of Stanly Clarke, Return To Forever, Mahavishnu, Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, etc. Jamie wrote and played outside the box on this release. Isn't coloring outside the lines what it's all about?