Michael Manring | Soliloquy

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by Michael Manring

Solo Bass Guitar
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Helios
4:22 $0.99
2. Excuse Me, Mr. Manring
3:57 $0.99
3. Solipsism
1:16 $0.99
4. I Left America
3:09 $0.99
5. Greetings, Eathlings!
4:52 $0.99
6. Makes Perfect Sense to Me
1:05 $0.99
7. The Light Which Puts Out Our Eyes
4:32 $0.99
8. A Morning Star
3:16 $0.99
9. Selene
4:52 $0.99
10. Dabuda's Memory
5:26 $0.99
11. When We Were Asleep in the Earth
1:24 $0.99
12. The Orffyreus Wheel
4:53 $0.99
13. Insomnia Lessons
3:58 $0.99
14. Come With Me, My Love
5:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible with just a bass guitar for two decades, winning thousands of fans and wowing countless audiences the world over with his stunning compositions and mind-blowing technical mastery of the instrument. Since his time as the house bassist for the Windham Hill label, Michael's profile and influence as a solo bassist have gone from strength to strength, first through years of touring alongside acoustic guitar legend Michael Hedges and then through solo performances and collaborations with artists as diverse as Patti Larkin, Henry Kaiser, John Gorka and Thomas Dolby. Michael is without doubt one of the most original, remarkable and celebrated voices on the electric bass in the world today, and a performer not to be missed.

-Steve Lawson


This long awaited all-solo CD is Michael Manring's sixth under his own name. Although all his previous recordings have contained solo work, this is the first release that consists entirely of solo pieces without overdubs. Included here are thirteen new compositions recorded live in the studio and a version of one of Michael's most often requested tunes, "Selene," recorded live at a show in San Francisco. Soliloquy also contains enhanced CD content - simply put it in your computer to view Michael's extensive 24-page liner notes detailing the instruments, techniques, inspirations, tunings, composing and recording processes used on the CD as well as photos and two live performance videos.



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Mike Bradley

Michael Manring has produced a transformational CD.
Michael has done it again...as only he can. This CD truly represents his talents as a transformational bassist and song writer. This is his best yet!

martin green

stunning ... again !!
This is another stunning offering from a true virtuoso ! How does he get such sounds out of his bass ? Some of this is simply breath-taking - just wish I could play a fraction like him !


Will Turn Your Head Around
Manring is able to mesh astounding technique without compromising the soul of a song. This album speaks to your emotions, yet will turn your head around with the technical prowess on display here. The more you listen to the album, the more you find in it, and the more you like it.

Bryan R. Tyler

An extremely enjoyable addition to the Manring colleciton.
Another interesting, innovative, powerful, and enjoyable cd from Michael. Truly proves the validity of the electric bass as a solo instrument. A great disc!

James Traylor

If you are a Michael Manring fan then his solo CD Soliloquy is a definite must have. You will not be disappointed. Simply fantastic!!!


Manring is a marvel and Soliloquy is no exception. I find the album to be soulful and mysterious. His sound is unlike any other!

albert sears

Completely Different...
This is something quite different from the norm. It is innovative and virtuistic. It's way more than bass guitar playing, and something more than jazz. Definitions and categories are not easily made at this level of solo playing. Michael is also a versatile collaborator who can enhance a range of musical styles - an ability that stands out in his performances with Chris Sohre on her latest album. Manring's music is outstanding and will certainly interest the intelligent listener who abhors commercial pop and craves envelop-pushing performance and compositions.

John Gelfer

So much emotion and beauty. What a gift to music lovers.
The long wait for Michael's next solo CD was worth it. He delivers joy, beauty, whimsey, da funk, and a range of emotions that is stunning. Soliloquy will renew your soul. I bought two copies; one for myself, and one as a gift.

Jonathan Crane

another great album of discovery
Michael Manring has made another great album which further pushes the accepted envelope of the bass both technically and melodically. No one is playing the way Michael is, and that is great, he is trully an original. The only gripe is many of the tracks end very abruptly, I have noticed this with many digital recordings. Softer cutoffs seemed to be needed for the more lyrical tracks. This does not take away from the overall effect though.


Manring has a one and only sound.
Michael Manring has a texture and sound that only he can perform. You will find that you stop thinking about your world, and focus on what his hands provide for listening pleasure. There is allways something new he offers.
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