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  • Michael Manring (2013)

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    (Photo by Philippe Lissart)

    Bassist-composer Michael Manring was born in Annapolis, MD, into a musical family: three of his four grandparents were in the business to one degree or the other. He and his brother, Doug--a guitarist and drummer--started a group while still in high school in the Washington, DC, area, playing jazz & rock-fusion, and doing parties and weddings.

    Michael started at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but found studies incompatible with the degree of playing and touring he was already doing with progressive rock bands. In the 1980s, he did, however, get to study and tour with Jaco Pastorius

    In that same decade, Michael became the house bassist for the then-fledgling California label Windham Hill, which put him on some excellent recordings with the likes of Alex de Grassi, Will Ackerman, and, especially, the late Michael Hedges, with whom his relationship and recorded output was particularly creative.

    Michael has headlined his own band Montreux, and has been a member of the Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith Miles Davis tribute band Yo, Miles!

    Michael has explored just about every bass sound that could possibly be produced, playing mostly fretless bass--with alternate tunings--and also his Hyperbass.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Egberto Gismonti Alma Loro Carmo
    # 2 Oregon Out of the Woods Fall 77 Discovery/WEA
    # 3 Michael Hedges Breakfast in the Fields The Happy Couple Windham Hill
    # 4 Elis Regina Bossa Nova Brasil Aguas de Março Verve
    # 5 Charles Mingus The Clown Haitian Fight Song Atlantic
    # 6 Scott Tennant Guitar Recital Mysterious Habitats Delos
    # 7 D'Angelo Voodoo Chicken Grease Virgin Records America
    # 8 Bill Evans The Best of Bill Evans Live My Foolish Heart Verve
    Book Jorge Luis Borges, "A Personal Anthology"
    Luxury Item A Zon VB4 bass guitar
    Castaways by date
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Matt Eakle
    15 Dec
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun