Damon Smith Talks About Improvisation, Composition and his Move to Boston

Damon Smith recording with Alvin Fielder
Damon Smith recording with Alvin Fielder

Jazz is a pretty small niche in the music industry and free improvisation and new music, often considered as jazz in this country is a very small subset indeed. Damon Smith has found a way to excel and thrive in a very small puddle. As well as being a virtuoso bassist, his Balance Point Acoustics label features a who’s who of musicians play in that genre.

Although I’ve been listening to improvised music for years my conversation with Damon opened up a whole new avenues for appreciation a whole new ways to think about sound and composition.

We talked about:

  • His recent move to the Boston area via Houston and San Francisco
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Bass and instrumental language
  • His work with Henry Kaiser


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One Reply to “Damon Smith Talks About Improvisation, Composition and his Move to Boston”

  1. Privilege to hear and get to know the creativity of Damon now here in Boston. In fact, presenting him along with legends Joe McPhee and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and the wondler Jeb Bishop on Trombone 4-23-17. Don’t you have a calendar your readers can access to learn about concerts in New England? Nothing came up linking to that title on your web Also have a show coming up on 3-3-17 featuring Boston great Charlie Kohlhase. Thanks!

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