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Sara Caswell & 9 Horses stopped by the Strings studio to perform music off their latest album, Perfectest Herald. Standing in for 9 Horses’ bassist Shawn Conley is Jonathan Green, who admitted he hadn’t had a jazz gig in years — his steady gig is with the Seattle Symphony. Green learned and nailed the repertoire at record speed on his 1870 Northern Italian bass, complete with a low C-string extension.


Caswell takes the time to play and discuss her Jay Haide violin and Hardanger five-string violin d’amore, one of 20 in the world, and the inspiration behind compositions written by the group’s mandolinist Joe Brent: “Monochrome Shoe #2,” “NaNo,” and “every journey is a desperate act.”