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    Posted: November 08 2009 at 20:49
I'm not sure if JR/F is the ideal place for him, or Prog-Related, or what...the point is, several of his albums are fairly innovative and rather unique.  His most recent album is all solo bass, no overdubs, etc., and on past albums he's had guests such as Tim "Herb" Alexander.  I feel like he's possibly worthy of inclusion on the site, though I could be wrong.  He was in McGill/Manring/Stevens, Attention Deficit, played on some Spastic Ink songs, etc. 

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/michaelmanring

There used to be a couple song samples available on his personal website, but I've checked it recently and they're no longer available.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2009 at 21:35
I won't comment on his suitability, but he plays a mean bass.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2009 at 01:18
Yeah, his music is hard to categorize.  I feel like some of his material could be worthy for entry into the archives, so I put forth the proposal.  Only time will tell if it was worth putting forth.  Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dick Heath Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2009 at 08:20
Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Yeah, his music is hard to categorize.  I feel like some of his material could be worthy for entry into the archives, so I put forth the proposal.  Only time will tell if it was worth putting forth.  Tongue
The 4 or 5 solo albums I've heard suggest consideration - and tempered with collaboration with McGill & Stevens' jazz rock fusion and A Triggering Myth's fusion, then I think the case is even stronger. However, also worked with bass virtuoso Steve Lawson when visiting the UK  in the ambient/soundscape area.
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Has anything happened of this?  I've been listening to one of his albums and remembered I suggested him a while back.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stooge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2010 at 23:16
I only have his Thonk album (plus Attention Deficit and a few other albums he's on), but am familiar enough with his work to say it easily deserves inclusion on this site.  Fusion seems to fit Thonk, but I don't have any other of his solo releases.  Thanks for reminding me to get some more. Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2010 at 23:25
Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

I only have his Thonk album (plus Attention Deficit and a few other albums he's on), but am familiar enough with his work to say it easily deserves inclusion on this site.  Fusion seems to fit Thonk, but I don't have any other of his solo releases.  Thanks for reminding me to get some more. Smile

My favorite of his solo releases is Soliloquy, but unless you want only bass I'd recommend Book of Flame first.  Both are excellent, though, and Thonk has some amazing stuff on it as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stooge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2010 at 21:29
Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

I only have his Thonk album (plus Attention Deficit and a few other albums he's on), but am familiar enough with his work to say it easily deserves inclusion on this site.  Fusion seems to fit Thonk, but I don't have any other of his solo releases.  Thanks for reminding me to get some more. Smile

My favorite of his solo releases is Soliloquy, but unless you want only bass I'd recommend Book of Flame first.  Both are excellent, though, and Thonk has some amazing stuff on it as well.


I'll keep those in mind. Smile

Being a bassist myself, I don't mind an all bass album (though I don't believe I actually own one).  His instructional video is pretty neat.  He walks through the songs on Thonk that just have bass only, not how to play them but he shows how he gets certain sounds and he goes through some of his tunings.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2010 at 00:51
Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

I only have his Thonk album (plus Attention Deficit and a few other albums he's on), but am familiar enough with his work to say it easily deserves inclusion on this site.  Fusion seems to fit Thonk, but I don't have any other of his solo releases.  Thanks for reminding me to get some more. Smile

My favorite of his solo releases is Soliloquy, but unless you want only bass I'd recommend Book of Flame first.  Both are excellent, though, and Thonk has some amazing stuff on it as well.


I'll keep those in mind. Smile

Being a bassist myself, I don't mind an all bass album (though I don't believe I actually own one).  His instructional video is pretty neat.  He walks through the songs on Thonk that just have bass only, not how to play them but he shows how he gets certain sounds and he goes through some of his tunings.

Yeah I've seen some of the video online, it seems pretty interesting.  Especially if you're a bassist, you would definitely enjoy his newest release.  It doesn't involve any overdubbing or anything, and it has some of my favorites of his tunes. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 04 2010 at 02:51
I think he's mainly newage, not only because of his Windham Hill label, but there are many contact points between newage and prog, isn't it? Skilled player and nice music: if there's a suitable section I'm happy to see him included. Then I see some possibilities for Michael Hedges, too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2010 at 17:28
I'd say his first couple albums were mostly new age, but from Thonk forward I'd say closer to jazz rock/fusion.  Even on those first couple albums there are hints of things to come, such as his solo bass cover of Purple Haze on the album Drastic Measures.
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I'll post this to the JRF team. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2010 at 12:21
Michael Manring was cleared for addition by JRF.

Jon, would you like to prepare bio and add him?
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