© Jeff Schmidt 2007
Completely untethered to the tradition of the instrument - Jeff Schmidt expands the melodic and musical voice of the electric bass in ways more akin to Guitar legends Michael Hedges & Preston Reed than Bass heroes Stanley Clarke or Jaco Pastorius.
In fact - you won't hear anything resembling a typical "bass line" on this album.
Rather than merely offering the sound of "a bass player playing bass alone"- each piece on Outre is a fully realized, complete musical idea that pictures the electric bass on equal footing with the expressiveness of guitar, harp, banjo and piano.
Jeff explains: "By using altered tunings, lighter gauge strings and a variety of unorthodox performance techniques on a long scale instrument, I get the beautiful expressive qualities of baritone guitar while maintaining the essential characteristics I love about the Electric Bass. It's a unique hybrid sound I feel suits my musical ideas exceptionally well".