'This is far and away one of the best instrumental albums I've come across. 'Peace On Saturn'...some sort of heavenly country music.' Wildy's World 'Other Planets' makes you feel like you are on a musical journey to another planet'. Mossip 'Other Planets' is a beautiful collection of evocative soundscapes...full of textures and colors'. Michael Manring Erik Scott Other Planets by John Diliberto There have been a lot of virtuoso electric bass albums released over the years. Musicians like Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke tried to become gunslinging front men with an instrument that's usually holding down the bottom end of a groove. But bassist Erik Scott has taken a different approach. To say that his solo debut, Other Planets, is a bass guitar album is to miss what a powerful, cinematic release he's created. It's an album that's more Pink Floyd than Jaco Pastorius. Scott isn't a frustrated electric guitarist. He's a composer as much as a bass player who dives into the deep soul and nuances of the bass, extracting sensuous melodies and atmospheric moods. Scott untethers the bass and heads into space. The title track started life as 'Sundogs' on Test Pattern, the last album from Chicago alt-rockers Sonia Dada, which whom Scott has played for nearly two decades. It's a spacious track with rolling mallet tom-tom drums underpinning Scott's rubbery fretless bass lead as synth choirs soar through the background. Although Scott plays most of the instruments, including keyboards and drum loops, he brought in some key musicians, notably, John Pirruccello on pedal-steel guitar. He adds some celestial glissandos on 'Other Planets' and then brings some cosmic country to the serene 'Peace on Saturn.' You can hear echoes of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's sustained guitar leads in many of Pirruccello's lines. And remember, Gilmour played lap steel on Dark Side of the Moon. Erik Scott gets some driving, trancy grooves going on 'Proper Sun' and he evokes Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western sound on 'Donnie & Sancho.' Besides Sonia Dada, Erik Scott is best known for playing with Alice Cooper in the early 1980s and Flo & Eddie (singers from The Turtles and Frank Zappa) just before that. None of that really prepares you for the sensitivity and depth of Other Planets. Erik Scott's Other Planets is a bass player's album, if your idea of a bass player's album includes haunting moods and heartbreaking melodies.