The bass is not known for its vast repertoire, but one of the most effective showcases is featured on this CD, the Giannini Psalm 130, for bass and orchestra. Richard Fredrickson plays with assurance and bravura, with a rich, splendidly full and soulful sound. The sound quality is excellent and the SLO sounds magnificent (as they continue to do so for the last 5 years). John Carbon's new concerto for double bass, "Endangered Species" reveals a composer with an original voice, surprisingly lyrical and coherent, with a narrative quality that is fresh and much welcomed in today's new music wasteland. William Thomas McKinley continues to create excellently crafted orchestral music and is becoming one of the most recorded living composers. Bravo!