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The Fondue Monks may find their path to success paved with Lucky Strikes

Recorded in four days in June and October at Sugar Hill Studios with producer Dan Workman (ZZ Top, Destiny's Child), Eudamonia boasts ten tracks that consist -- save for the occasional studio chatter, atmospheric noises (pigs, TV newsman, clocks) and one spoken-word section -- entirely of bass solos. Encompassing fast rock grooves ("Bumping"), George Porter-like funk ("The Strut," "Voting in Florida"), Spanish-style sounds ("Forever Waiting") and more quiet, emotive numbers (the excellent "Good Morning"), it does show the bass's breadth, although it could be a difficult sell.

"I am sure that people will be skeptical, but I think people are ready for recordings like this," he says. "And with the Internet, people are now enjoying music that they never had access to before." He also points out the presence of such magazines as Bass Player and Bassics, which support a healthy four-string thumping community.

Zamorano is planning solo gigs in Houston and New York to support Eudamonia. "I think the bass is an emotional instrument and has a lot to say when presented right. To me, some of the tunes get really spiritual," he says. "And I think it will be really cool if only two people get it. And if not, I will try again."

The Fondue Monks: Hoping to blow away the competition with their more listener-friendly material.
Deron Neblett
The Fondue Monks: Hoping to blow away the competition with their more listener-friendly material.
Eudamonia: Bassist Rozzano Zamorano's survey of life on a string.
Eudamonia: Bassist Rozzano Zamorano's survey of life on a string.

Details

The Fondue Monks and Dallas's Dollybraid perform as part of the Lucky Strike Band to Band Competition on Friday, February 16, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak. For more information, call (713)862-3838.

Eudamonia will be available as a download from www.zamrecords.com beginning March 1 and will be in stores shortly thereafter.

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