Jason Raso

Jason Raso

 Guelph, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzFunk

“JASON RASO continually unwraps little gifts to the listener, as he explores a variety of phrasing and lays down a groove so deep that you need a miner's lamp to find your way" – Shelley G. (Jazz on the Rocks – CFBX Radio)


Biography

The Jason Raso Quartet is currently finishing work on their new album, "Slingshot". Look for a Summer 2013 release.

Jason is also planning to record his very first "solo bass" album later this year. This project will feature just Jason and his bass!

Jason Raso's latest CD, The Red Arrow is now available on Summit Records. Truly an international affair, The Red Arrow features U.S. B3 legend Tony Monaco, Canadian jazz vet's Richard Underhill (alto saxophone) and Ted Warren (drums), Italian vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti, and was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Jason Raso has a funk heart and a jazz head.

They are hard wired together by the 4 strings of his bass guitar, and an innate ability to craft music that will turn you into a bobble head. It’ll make you feel like you’re the coolest cat on the block.

For over 20 years Raso has pursued the groove to such excellence that Exclaim Magazine declares, “Jason Raso’s bass is a full-on orchestra of ground vibrating pleasure.”

Through his first 5 albums and countless live performances, from intimate settings to festival stages, Jason and his band have entertained and connected with listeners. His ability as a band leader allows for some inspired improvisation that takes you on a journey then brings you back, spent, but unharmed. You could focus on his finely honed technique, but it’s the energy and emotion of the tunes that often leads to finger snapping and vigorous toe tapping.

Jason Raso has just released album number 6, The Red Arrow, a debut with Summit Records. His creative energy has expanded to include another layer of composition that explores his jazz sensibilities. If that weren’t enough, he doubles on electric guitar, as well as the acoustic double bass, demonstrating his skill as a musician and love for jazz guitar. In an interview with !Earshot, Jason says, “I still want a groove, and hope that those two sides continue to blend.”

This recording artist, composer, producer and guitar teacher has a long list of accomplishments that just keep growing. They include endorsements with Spector Basses and TC Electronic Bass Amplifiers. He’s a Hartke Canadian Artist Search Winner (2010) and most recently a featured Hofner guitar artist. He has composed and performed music for syndicated radio, is a session player with a capacity for various styles and production and has numerous television and radio performances under his belt.

Above all Jason Raso continues to grow as a musician and composer. His talent and originality are expressed by ongoing mastery of his instruments, and an appetite for musical knowledge.

Jazz radio host, Shelley G. (Jazz On The Rocks – CFBX 92.5 The X) says “Not only can Raso shake the basement, he can swing like hell!”

Discography

Discography:
The Bassman Cometh (2001) Bizzy Bass Productions
Live on Planet Bop (2002) Bizzy Bass Productions
Detour (2005) Moped Records
Contemporary Jazz Sampler – Volume One (2006) Network Pacific Records
An Abominable Christmas (2006) Moped Records
Time Pieces (2007) Network Pacific Records
Groovespeak - The Jason Raso Trio (2007) Moped Records
Timepiece EP (2010) Reissue - Moped Records
The Red Arrow (2011) Summit Records

Set List

ORIGINALS:

ALL THAT DEMOCRACY JAZZ
ARE YOU __ SERIOUS
BISCUIT DROP
BARONESS
BLUES FOR ANGELO
BONNIE & STELLA
THE COLBERT BUMP
CORNER POCKET
EVICTION
HANDPRINT GARDEN OF LOVE
JAYBIRD
MR. GREEN
MY MIND WANDERS
MICHELINO
MO’ MINOR BLUES
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE RED ARROW
REVOLUTION WALTZ
SHADES OF SOLO RIVER
STAR GAZING
SLINGSHOT
TEN BARONS BLUE
THE TORNADO STOLE MY HAMBURGER BLUES
TWO FOR BELA

COVERS:

BLACK MARKET - WEATHER REPORT
BUTTERFLY - HERBIE HANCOCK
THE CHICKEN - JACO PASTORIUS
EQUINOX - JOHN COLTRANE
HARLEQUIN - WEATHER REPORT
IDLE MOMENTS - GRANT GREEN
I WANNA PLAY FOR YOU - STANLEY CLARKE
JEAN PIERRE - MILES DAVIS
JODY GRIND - HORACE SILVER
LITTLE SUNFLOWER - FREDDIE HUBBBARD
MR. SYMS - JOHN COLTRANE
NOSTALGIA IN TIMES SQUARE - CHARLES MINGUS
RIVER PEOPLE - WEATHER REPORT
A REMARK YOU MADE - WEATHER REPORT