Gullet //

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Recording location: 
Koncertkirken, Copenhagen
Recording date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Artwork design: 
Håkon Berre/Adam Pultz Melbye
Mastering engineer: 
Dietrich Petzold
Mixing engineer: 
Dietrich Petzold
Adam Pultz Melbye
Recording engineer: 
Adam Pultz Melbye
  • 1. Knee right (05:45)
  • 2. This (04:03)
  • 3. On the nothing new (04:06)
  • 4. Dukkha (05:48)
  • 5. Gullet (03:41)
  • 6. That (03:13)
  • 7. Attempts at relevance (04:06)
  • 8. Zossener (04:45)
  • 9. Knee left (04:08)

Gullet is the first solo release from Adam Pultz Melbye, Danish double bass player and improviser living in Berlin.
Gullet was recorded in Koncertkirken (The Concert Church) in Copenhagen and consists of nine improvised tracks that highlight different aspects of sound production.

Using fingers, bows and sticks, Adam extracts textures and sounds from the bass that blend into space and vanish into nothingness. Gullet is a documentation of a moment in a continuos search for deeper realities, expressed through sound.

“Melbye, gifted with masterful and highly creative command of the double bass, uncovers the insides of this massive instrument in a series of nine concise improvisations.” (…) “That” is a wise and playful improvisation that employs the resonating wooden characteristics of the bass and on “Zossener” it sounds as if the bow is the main instrument and the double bass is employing various extended techniques on the bow. “Knee Left” returns to the opening improvisation, applying similar methods and reaching a satisfying closure in this arresting journey.

Highly impressive.”

Eyal Hareuveni,

“The music is carefully constructed, sensitive and precise, with an adventurous search for sound, be it pizzi or arco or hammered.” (…) “Even if at moments the album sounds like an exercise in style, the authenticity of the artist’s search stands beyond a doubt, as he tries to carve true meaning and sentiment out of sound, (…)”