the music for the “seeds of happiness” was composed in 2005 as an effort to further the boundaries of the electric bass as a solo instrument in terms of style and setting in reliance upon the bass’s ability to convey thematic material and function in an austere and still environment. the work brings to the listener sound and silence at times in equal measure and without the restriction of tempo. its source is a reflection on the work of many masters and the void that faces us. its aim is beautybeginnings and afterwards:
Bass Player Magazine: “The concise compositions combined with absolutely flawless performances make it a beautiful record”
The Wire magazine: “Armed with a mighty 1961 Fender Precision bass guitar that has been plugged into an Ampeg Rocket bass amplifier, Los Angeles bass player Jeffrey Roden explores the complex (almost mathematical) intricacies of an instrument that is usually associated with rock music. Roden’s more subtle approach is just as strident, but the music he drags out of his bass is almost Fahey-like in its approach, as it melancholically rumbles overhead like distant thunder and allows resonating notes to hang in the air. Consisting of 12 ‘Themes’, Seeds Of Happiness Part 1 (Roden’s fourth CD) was recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubbing, a technique that has brought a satisfyingly giant buzz of freshness to the project.
Audiophile Auditions: “In a Silent Way sessions but without Miles or any front line at all. You could sort of conjure up the upper melodic line in your mind while listening, and the same is true of Seeds of Happiness. It can be a fascinating exercise.”