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Rubim de Toledo's new album reveals diverse creativity
(Published: January 03, 2021)

The Dig is the most recent studio album by bassist/composer Rubim de Toledo. This release features seven songs, with each track highlighting a different aspect of Toledo's incredibly diverse creativity and high-level musicianship.

The album kicks off with a song titled "Saddleback," which tips the hat off to some of the best fusion-jazz out there. The bass tone is warm and dynamic, perfectly highlighting Toledo's articulation and his ability to drive the mix, without ever overpowering it.

"The Dig," which happens to be the title track, is also one of its highlights. The song kicks off with a beautiful electric piano pattern and a minimalistic drum beat, which perfectly lock in with the guitar and bass tones. The brass section is truly astonishing, and the bass serves as a perfect backbone to anchor everything together. The next tune, "Sentimentos," has some Afro-beat influences, taking the mix to the next level. In addition to that, "Bottom Dweller" takes the sound of the album to a different place, embracing some electronic influences and revealing some of Toledo's most experimental leanings. This is one of my favorite songs on this release, and I particularly love that the bass kind of takes the lead, becoming a dominant instrument throughout the song, while all of the other things add some extra color and vibe. In addition to this beautiful song, "The Sands" seals the deal with a more joyous and warm tone, with a bit of a retro feel. "Back Breaker" follows right after, and it is a song that truly showcases Toledo's wide-ranging skills on the bass.

Toledo has a really good technique, and he has got so much finger control, enabling him to perform with unprecedented expressiveness and articulation on the instrument, akin to legends such as James Jameson, Victor Wooten, or Jaco Pastorius, only to mention a few. Last, but definitely not least, "Reactor" features a more traditional jazz sound, which feels intimate and incredibly nuanced. The drum parts are especially amazing, going for a very edgy and upbeat feel, which still allowing the music to be smooth and atmospheric. This is no easy task.

More Information: https://rubim.bandcamp.com/album/the-dig

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