Jory Herman

Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs) by Johannes Brahms is the capstone work on this album. Adapted from the solo baritone work, this arrangement for double bass gives the disc emotional depth and highlights the rich sonorities unique to the lowest instrument of the string family. The Skellet Knell by up-and-coming composer David Kirkland Garner is a world-premier commissioned by 25 nationally recognized bassists and organized by Jory Herman himself.  This uniquely crowd-sourced composition pushes the boundaries technically while capturing sonorities that are idiomatic to only the bass.   Self produced by Jory Herman and recorded by Daniel Rumley of Rumley Music and Audio Productions in 2015, the recording captures the incredible depth and resonance of the double bass in contrast with the powerful yet nimble piano accompaniment of both San Diego locals Brendan Nguyen and Bryan Verhoye.