Bo Stief Dream Machine - Heart (Bo Stief)
From the album "Heart & Destiny" (1995)
Label: Private release
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Bo Stief Dream Machine
Bo Stief (b. 1946), a virtuoso on both electric and double bass is an established name on the Danish and International music scene. A veteran of the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark, Stief has played with the likes of Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Philippe Catherine, Don Cherry, and many others. He has toured the world and played jazz festivals such as the Montreux and Newport Jazz Festivals.
"Heart" is taken from the album "Heart and Destiny", recorded by Bo Stief Dream Machine, one of many smaller groups and own initiatives in his long musical career.
The song begins with a suspenseful dobro solo. Set in long reverb, it depicts a huge soundscape. Percussion starts, leading to the start and constant (heart)beat of a very deep big drum, the first hit both surprising and impressive. Shakers accompany it and set the pace for the following part of the song: synthesizers and electric guitars take over, moving further to something almost like a chorus.
Essential in this recording are the heavily reverberated dobro, percussion and subsequent big drum sound, the latter impressively low and loud at the same time. The dobro is set in a huge space that sould be rendered nicely. Even though the song is a little bit over three and a half minutes long, it still feels short once the end is reached. "Heart" offers an addictive sound that may be difficult to reproduce on loudspeaker system with limited low-frequency extension.