Jazz standards with electric bass?
I'd like some help finding recordings of electric bass players doing instrumental jazz standards. Most recordings have upright players. I'm starting to play jazz standards in a trio and play electric fretted 6-string bass, and I am finding it hard to pick up and incorporate upright techniques and styles, and think I would progress a lot quicker if I heard what other electric bass players do.
Thanks a lot for any suggestions!
Todd Johnson. He plays a 6 as well.Wonderful ,swing ,inside sounding player. You could likely sing everything he plays. (that's a very good thing IMHO) He might even have a forum here.
Bob Cranshaw with Sonny Rollins, Charles Ables with Shirley Horn
I like this one:
It's a little on the "smooth jazz" side and the bass is fretless (primarily why I bought it originally) but standards they are...
My Funny Valentine
In A Sentimental Mood
Stella By Starlight
Georgia On My Mind
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Autumn In New York
Here's That Rainy Day
Green Dolphin Street
Send In The Clowns
Tyrone Brown played EB with Pat Martino on these 2 albums-
Consciousness..."Impressions" is the 1st tune; "Along Came Betty" (Benny Golson) is also on this album. When I 1st heard this album (1976), I thought it was URB.
Desperado..."Oleo" (Sonny Rollins).
Check out Monk Montgomery w/ Kenny Burrell.
Jeff Berlin's last two albums and the hard to find 'Standards Zone' with Jaco.
A lot of stuff I had thought was impossible to find is slowly being (re-)released in digital form. Even stuff that was impossible to find just a couple of years ago. So: keep checking back! Just because it was nowhere to be found the last time you looked - it might be somewhere now !
I can't say Standards Zone is my favorite Jaco, but I'm glad to have it in my collection and playlist.
Also check out Playjazznow.com for great backing tracks and charts for bass.
I always liked Alex Blake with Manhattan Transfer
His walking line on "Four Brothers" is really REALLY good
Check out Ahmad Jamal's "Digital Works" album, recorded in the mid 1980s with Larry Ball on bass guitar.
Not necessarily in the vein of standards, but a lot of big-bands traveled with electric bass in later years: Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie... Lots of material on YouTube.
Some cool soloing here:
Thanks for all the suggestions!
There are ton's of Electric players playing standards out there.
Michael Manring - Check out the McGill Manring Stevens albums
Mark Egan - Especially the Unit 1 album there are others too
The list goes on forever... There is plenty out there to find.
Jazz on BG
My favorite rendition of Take The "A" Train:
This is definitely not bass guitar trying to sound like double bass.
Bass Guitar Jazz
Steve Swallow is interesting because he had a full on career as a jazz double bassist when he switched to bass guitar. The other player that comes to mind who did this is the great Max Bennett, founding member of the LA Express.
Jaco Pastorius did a wonderful rendition of Days of Wine and Roses on a Brian Melvin album called Standards Zone. It was Jaco's last recording in fact. People say Jaco was not playing well later in his career, but he played beautifully on this song. I think it may also be recorded on a fretted instrument. He was in Amsterdam at the time, as I recall. Well worth a listen if you can find the CD.
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