Michael Manring Alonso Arreola Trey Gunn
In modern musical times no other instrument is less explored in a collaborative setting than the electric bass guitar. Enter 3Below. Multiply the musical possibilities by the power of three dynamic masters and these bass pioneers become serious game-changers in the field.
3Below is a collective evolution in sound, style and substance surrounding the electric bass. Anyone familiar with the name Trey Gunn knows his innovation in touch instrument technology. Throughout his twenty-year collaborations with guitar legend Robert Fripp and King Crimson, Gunn has become an uncompromising, relentless risk taker pushing the touch instruments to new heights. Michael Manring, a student of the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius and creator of the Hyperbass –with its unique altered tuning system – is another unparalleled pioneer of the electric bass. Rounding out this masterful trio is Mexican bass virtuoso Alonso Arreola, whose advanced percussive sensibilities solidify this perfect musical trifecta.
Regardless of any preconceptions of bass guitar in a trio setting, when listening to 3Below the extraordinary possibilities emerge. Think Weather Report meets P-Funk with Crimson-esque exploratory rhythmic and melodic structures. Sprinkle in episodes of angst and a Rage Against The Machine attitude and you are beginning to get the picture. It’s highly percussive, yet without percussion. Within this unique collaborative framework, 3Below is guaranteed to surprise the sonic senses, strip away virtuosic preconceptions and pleasantly unveil the creative possibilities of the electric bass guitar.
Arreola, Gunn and Manring closed with a sublime dish prepared by chefs of the highest musical caliber. A full feast of melodies and improvisations. A king’s banquet called: Music Without Borders.
— Chilango Magazine
The first season of the Alterna Jazz Festival concluded in a golden finish: three musicians with enormous talent and giant careers. Performing in solos, duos and as a trio they used a common skill to explore their unique languages.
— Time Out Magazine
If the musical notes would be tangibles, if they have some kind of paint, we could say that the walls of the Roberto Cantoral Theater need to be fixed. These three low frequencies monsters covered the place with a musical grease that did not let up the whole night.
— Ibero Radio
The night swings to the cadence of these strings virtuosos. This was the triumphant end of the first Alterna Jazz season.
— Chronicle Newspaper
One of them “loves to play in concert, just for fun”; other is a deep investigator of unorthodox methods for his hyperbass; the third one makes “heterodox music, instrumental rock and playful experimentation”.
— La Jornada Newspaper
A pleasure for this writer, as a bass player, to watch these three masters on stage, each one with a particular style, but with a common element: to break the conventional frontiers of music searching for new ways of human expression.
— Resonancia Magazine