“In Bisio, whose resume boasts stints alongside
multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and saxophone iconoclast Charles
Gayle, Shipp has found the perfect foil: someone who can match him blow
for blow in a blizzard of notes or spin off stirring tales at the drop
of a hat, while continually providing expressive plangent counterpoint.
“ John Sharpe, AAJ
to how contrabassist Michael Bisio interacts with it all. He adds so
much in a monsterously good way. The deeply flushed tone, the
unexpected or reconfirming note choices, the way he can walk or be that
"second horn", the impeccable touch and in-the-moment thrust, all that
is here in a fantastic way.”
Michael Bisio, Han Bennink in town | Concert preview
Bisio is a comparatively recent associate of Dickey and Shipp, his
spontaneous responsiveness and imaginative phrasing facilitates
sophisticated three-way conversations that border on the telepathic.”
are meteors that strike the most sincere music lovers wherever they
are, because they possess an inventive step that is difficult to find
around." Percorsi Musicali
Bisio's profound bass work in the picture, and the overall clarity
afforded by the absence of drums and cymbals, the performances take on
a more openly emotional character. Bisio's lush and welcoming bass
introduces the captivating Refuge with a long and absorbing solo, well
captured by engineer Jim Clouse, who records most of Perelman's
interplay was uncanny with bassist Michael Bisio fine-tuned to every
move, and delivering the first-set highlight, a resonant and thumping
solo that ended as a bowed bass elegy themed on Coltrane’s “Naima”.
" Mike Hobart, Financial Times
"His strong presence, both on the rhythmic underfloor
and in the aptness of his reactions, and more generally in the accuracy
with which he enters the conversation, contribute a great deal; and all
this, without even speaking of the roundness and depth of his sound!"
is a thoughtful bass tornado whether playing pizzicato or arco, and
brings deep feeling and deeply charged energy into the
Grego Applegate Edwards
"The fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect Bisio ends the piece
with an absolutely jaw-dropping solo."
BBC Review, Bill Tilland bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/f46m
"His personality, his technique, his
skills are all there, but fully in the service of the music, real music
then, with a depth that transcends the physical aspect of sound : it is
so full of deep "human-ness". An absolute joy to hear, ... " Stef
"The sound he produces is bound in rhythm and unrelenting in
expression to exhibit sensitivity to change and range. When he works
within the group, his pizzicatos are strong, relaxed and thoroughly
united with music's direction." Lyn Horton http://lynhorton.blogspot.com/2012/02/matthew-shipp-trio-elastic-aspects.html
"His responses and choices are those of a master technician;
he gives each note unique shading and inflection and, especially with
bow in hand, he conjures rich harmonics and deep warming resonance."
John Sharpe, The New York City Jazz Record
Earshot Jazz article January 2011
"... he is a marvelously inventive
bassist that seemingly has burst forth over the years as a musical
trunk rather than a branch. His technique is formidable, both pizzicato
and arco, and he taps into a virtually inexhaustible wellspring of
musical ideas when he plays."
Grego Applegate Edwards www.gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com2010/02/connie-crothers-and-michael-bisio-in.html
"Increasingly visible bassist Michael Bisio
does it all. Not content with being a fearsome soloist, Bisio is also
an enabling bandleader and potent composer."
"Two versions of the bassist's "Livin' Large" open the proceedings,
both providing ample space for the leader's full dark tone allied with
an almost tactile sense of catgut vibrating against wood."
John Sharpe, All About Jazz www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=33171
"With over a half dozen highly recommended
sessions as leader, his work has been likened to David Izenzon, Charlie
Haden and Mingus and for good reason."
Laurence Donohue-Greene AAJNY www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=18023
"...(imagine a fearsome meta-bassist
synthesizing Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Haden, and Peter Kowald and
you're on the right track)..."
Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic www.paristransatlantic.com/magazine/monthly2000/08aug_text.html
" Bassist Bisio continues to be an
overlooked marvel, with his soulful melodicism singing on each
Jay Collins, One Final Note www.onefinalnote.com/reviews/h/heward-john/let-them-pass.asp
"He carries with him the virtuosity to facilitate techniques
reflective of improvisational and traditional forms at the speed of
Dean Roberts, Opprobrium
"Listen to his interaction with Berger on "Constellation"
and you get an idea of the unsurpassed linear melodic-rhythmic thrust
of his approach."
Grego Applegate Edwards
(scroll to July 27, 2009)
"Bisio in particular has one of the
downright thickest bass tones of anyone playing the instrument in free
music these days - his style has a physical cast to it that demands to
be felt, not simply heard. "
Scott Hreha, One Final Note www.onefinalnote.com/reviews/g/giardullo-joe/now-is.asp
"But the performance of the disc comes from bassist Bisio,
his heartbreakingly articulate arco work full of tar and resin."
David Keenan, The Wire
"...the concert reaches its high climax with broad-hints to
A Love Supreme and hieratic India, provided by Bisio ..."
Antonio Terzo www.jazzreview.com/article/review-7391.html
Bisio offers a spectacular performance, especially when
using the arco over the course of long droning mantras (such as in
"Water Lilies") and extended fragments of melodic fearlessness, a
timbre inflexibly rooted in a fertile ground of significant
achievements, a lexicon - as ever - definitely unique.
Massimo Ricci Temporary Fault www.temporaryfault.blogspot.com/2009/12/odd-couple-of-great-releases.html
"The physicality of Mr. Bisio's bass
playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the
avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;..."
Nate Chinen The NY Times