In 1978 the 20 year old Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg embarked on a venture that was for the time quite unique. Inspired by Keith Jarrett’s solo piano and British bass player Colin Hodgkinson’s inventive use of chords on bass, Hellborg developed his own set of new techniques for the bass guitar.His adventurous approach led to a set at the Montreux Jazz Fest which in turn led to associations with several of the important Jazz/Fusion players of the day. Michael Brecker, Michael Shrieve, Billy Cobham, Reebop Kwaku Baah and John McLaughlin who hired Hellborg for his reformed Mahavishnu Orchestra.

In 1979 Hellborg released his first Solo Bass recording The Bassic Thing followed in 1982 by Elegant Punk. This record eventually caught the ear of producer Bill Laswell. The two met through drummer Michael Shrieve’s introduction and eventually besides several recording projects opened a recording studio together in Greenpoint New York.

Hellborg spent most of the 90’s and into the 00’s recording and touring with his own groups. These would include players like Ginger Baker, Shawn Lane, Jens Johansson, Anders Johansson, Bernie Worrell, Jeff Sipe, Selvaganesh and many others. The Solo Bass project continued thru the years. The Silent Life was recorded in 1990 and recently remastered and released again.

With 40 years of solo performances under his belt Hellborg has developed a powerful and intriguing voice. It is bass like you have never heard it.

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