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Welcome to jasonrasomusic.com! The home of critically acclaimed bassist, composer and bandleader Jason Raso.

Columnist for Canadian Musician Magazine & Promo Man for Ultimate Basses. Jason proudly endorses Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification, and D'Addario Strings.

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"Slingshot" Review! 

"My favourite bass performance on the disc is on the third track called “My Mind Wanders”. Jason takes the lead shortly after the introduction with the main theme to the song slapped on his Fodera NYC 4 with a little auto-wah thrown in for good measure. At 1:16 Jason lays down a grooving foundation solid enough to park an aircraft carrier on, proving the man can hold it down when needed.

However, the solo he takes at 2:21 shows that he’s equally at home with melody and expression on the bass. My absolute favourite section goes from 3:04 to 3:15 where Jason builds up to a simple but very funky slap part.

I asked Jason to pick out his personal favourite track and he chose “Handprint Garden of Love” as a standout bass performance on the disc. At about the 5 minute mark on that track Jason’s bass takes center stage, starting out by restating the main melody before embarking on a sweet solo that lasts until the 6:30 mark. Through it all, Jason has the uncanny ability to display his prowess on the instrument while keeping it musical and not a “Look, I can play!” type of display."
Michael Ippersiel - Bass Guitar Rocks

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Bass Frontiers Review! 

Taking a spin on Canadian-born jazz artist Jason Raso’s The Red Arrow is very much like taking a trip back in time to the 1960’s organ-group era. The recording kicks-off with two smoky nightclub numbers, “Nightcrawler” and “Corner Pocket”, and these tunes set the tempo for the remaining eight pieces. Boogaloo, cool sexiness is the order of the day, here. Dig in, and swing!

Jason delivers great electric guitar, electric bass guitar and acoustic contrabass throughout The Red Arrow, and his skills are full on cool from his delightful electric bass guitar bounce on the title track, to his gentle acoustic contrabass treatment on the tune “Star Gazing”, my favorite track.

Organist Tony Monaco and vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti takes turns with Jason to deliver tantalizing solos and deft interplay throughout the recording, while drummers Ted Warren and Peter Grimmer alternate equally clean and tasty pocket on their given tracks. This is a really fun release and I look forward to hearing more from Jason.

Must Hear Tunes: Baroness, The Red Arrow, Jaybird, Star Gazing

Brent-Anthony Johnson - Bass Frontiers