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Michael Manring

Inspired by his teacher Jaco Pastorius, Manring has taken the electric bass into new territory. A native of the Washington, DC, area, he played classical bass in high school chamber groups and orchestra while also working in local Top 40 bands. From 1979 to 1982, he honed his chops in the DC fusion group Natural Bridge and also started performing with guitarist Michael Hedges. Manring played on Hedges's Windham Hill debut Breakfast in the Fields. Since then, the bassist has become the Windham Hill session man, recording on albums by Will Ackerman, Ira Stein, and Russel Walder in addition to his frequent tours with Hedges. Manring is a also a key member in the label's all-star band, Montreux. ~ Linda Kohanov
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Track List: Soliloquy

1. Helios

2. Excuse Me, Mr. Manring

3. Solipsism

4. I Left America

5. Greetings, Earthlings

6. Makes Perfect Sense To Me

7. The Light Which Puts Out Our Eyes

8. A Morning Star

9. Selene

10. Dabuda's Memory

11. When We Were Asleep In The Earth

12. The Orffyreus Wheel

13. Insomnia Lessons

14. Come With Me, My Love

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Thonk is Awesome . It's the reason I bought an EBOW for my basses.
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Saw him a bunch of times about 15-20 years ago, with a band, solo, with Michael Hedges. Made me want to use my basses for firewood. He really is amazing.
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I enjoy the compositions and moods and subtleties of his music. Saw him live in Davis Square in Cambridge in the '80s. I could not believe that this one skinny guy could get so many sounds out of a single instrument - you have to see it to believe it. Unusual Weather is available again along with Thonk.
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met him, got a lesson, till a masterclass, and saw a Performance that earned him a standing ovation.He's as friendly and accessible as he is the master
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atorsney
Wish they had his Thonk album available in the library. That was a regular staple for me in high school
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allenrick20
I saw this guy on YouTube play FIVE basses at the SAME time .. his albums are all great to listen to
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If you like this, check out Ben Lapps' Phunkdified on YouTube - awesome
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I admire Michael's extraordinar y gift. What an amazing musician!
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psychman2050
Amazing and peaceful music.
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I'm impressed with his talent and love the style of playing .
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This track leaves me in awe, and that's rare these days simply amazed
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opus125lvb4
Michael is my son's mentor, and this wonderful man has enriched our lives gloriously.
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This guy is the only person I've ever heard that actually can make slap sound good on a fretless. WOW.
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sergiocaiazz o
love this sound
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I must see this man live. Send him to the Dakota in Minneapolis.
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brilliant artist, beautiful soul. I listened to soliloquy when going through cancer treatments. What a gift.
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wintergarden y o g a
I've been listening to Michael for years. I had the honor of studying with him in the '90's. Great player. Great human being. Try to find his earlier works: Unusual Weather, Toward the Center of Night, and Drastic Measures.
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I just recently discovered this bassist on YouTube. Inspirationa l playing for sure, but I'm not sold on all the detuning/tun i n g . It makes for beautiful music, but somehow seems a bit unnatural (gimmicky?).
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He's an absolutely phenomenal bass player and musician. He definitely possesses monster chops. Michael Manring is a gift to the music world. You can really hear the Jaco influences in his uptempo music.
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See this man. See him in as small a place as you can- you'll want to get real close. You will not BELIEVE the sounds he coaxes froma bass.
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Why have I never heard of this guy. He makes me wanna pick a bass right now. What a G.
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Saw Michael a few times in small venues in or around Boston. Once with Michael Hedges. Always AMAZING.!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Way underrated. Really good stuff.
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This guy is great. This is the first I`ve heard of him. Silly me!!!
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Michael Manring is an awesome bass player! He is one of those amazing bass players who were taught by Jaco Pastorius himself!

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