Michael Bisio invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. His music has received 4 stars from DownBeat, Jazz Times states his music resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity. Journalist Paul DeBarros in Signal to Noise notes; For years free improvisers have explored the tactile aspect of performance, in which the nature of the encounter between the player and the instrument becomes the subject of the music itself. Bisio is one of the few musicians that has managed to meld this high-concept sense of physicality with the soulful charge of jazz. His fiddle-high, scraped overtones create a tangled choir that is impossible to resist; his expressiveness with the bow is unmatched. Having whirled the listener into a transportive state, he gently shows them the way out...
His expressive touch is distinctive. The New York Times
As a recording artist Michael appears on over 50 cds, he is leader on 10 cds and co-leads 7 duet recordings. His recorded output has consistently met with critical praise. Michael's first international release, In Seattle, (Silkheart), was chosen as one of the Best Jazz Records of the 1980's in the Village Voice. Connections, (CIMP), 2005, as reviewed in Cadence Magazine. ...this is another important disc from Bisio and company that highlights Bisio's talents as a musician, composer and bandleader. Fourteen new releases in 2009 included two MBQ CDs for CIMP and Not Two, two cds by Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult, and Old Dog, By Any Other Name, (Porter Records). The very beginning of 2010 saw the release of Session at 475 Kent, duets with the highly acclaimed pianist Connie Crothers on MutableMusic.
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...he is a marvelously inventive bassist that seemingly has
burst forth over the years as a
musical trunk rather than a branch. His technique is
formidable, both pizzicato and arco, and he
taps into a virtually inexhaustible wellspring of musical ideas
when he plays. —Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review
Bisio's ability to project such a diverse array of timbre and
technical skill mark him as one of the
leading bassist of his time. —Steven Loewy, allmusic.com