If ever there was a band to make an indelible mark in the music industry, it's Bass X. Currently releasing their second CD, "Bass X Volume II - Heir Wave," on the increasingly popular Minnesota based record label Liquid 8, it's obvious Bass X is not just another band. With four principle members (Larry Hubbard, Tim Gant, Keith Henderson and Michael White) and a host of hand-picked contributing "guest" musicians, Bass X has assembled a stirring timeless collection of 10 songs which explores love and sensuality. This CD of melodious colors erases musical boundaries and creates a fresh new sound of its own.
The sound is a deliberate attempt at capturing a wide cross-section of listeners -- by blending smooth jazz with an infectious adult urban contemporary style of R&B. From the outset, Hubbard, who founded the group in 1999, knew exactly what he wanted in the making of the CD. Hubbard, who wears a myriad of hats, including producer, co-writer, founder and bass player, carefully assembled the selections all chosen for their intense emotions and their delicious ability to inspire the listener. The result is recognition and acknowledgement from music industry insiders and a devoted and frenzied fan base. Recorded in various Chicago studios over a 10-month period "Volume II-Heir Wave" is a wholly original musical version that features the writing skills of these four seasoned veterans who hail from the windy city.
Between them exists a truly rich background of sideman experience both live and studio which include duties with such industry greats as Aaliyah, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Bernie Mac, Billy Eckstine, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Destiny's Child, The Dells, George Duke, Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Sample, Mary J. Blige, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Quincy Jones, and the list goes on.
Pulling together this team was easy for Hubbard, since they all came from basically the same neighborhood in Chicago. Michael White, vocals and vocal arrangements; Keith Henderson, guitar and keys; Tim Gant, keys and musical director, became a perfect match for one another on this, and numerous other projects springboarded out of their hometown, which boasts having spawned some of the finest musicians the world offers today. Meshing the various musical styles and sensibilities created a product larger than the sum of their individual parts.
Get close up and personal with some of the freshes original music around today. Experienc the delights of Bass X "Volume II-Heir Wave."
--- from the official Bass X website