Anthony Jackson in Hiromi's "Move"
Hiromi Uehara - "the virtuosic piano sensation from Japan" - really fascinates me, but
I was slightly disappointed by the "too background-ish, "subdued" bass role in her latest album, "Move", recorded with two veteran players –
bass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, The O’Jays, Steely Dan, Chick Corea) and
drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce).
(By the way, I was surprised that such an astounding six-string electric bass player and legendary instrumentalist/jazz musician Anthony Jackson is playing so much with the pick.)
Here is Hiromi’s opening composition, "Move"
From 2:47 till 9:37 Anthony Jackson plays one ostinato phrase while
Hiromi " pulls out the stops in her rapid-fire barrage of notes"
Simon Phillips becomes "a giant swirl of nonstop sound and flying sticks and mallets."
I don't want to say too much about Hiromi; therefore, I'd like to quote one review that I agree with.
"Arguably, Hiromi’s not even the star of the nine-cut collection, the second offering of her “trio project” written with drummer Simon Phillips and bassist Anthony Jackson in mind.
With Jackson lurking in the background, Move is stolen entirely by Phillips, who channels Buddy Rich,
the pit bull of jazz drummers.
Hiromi The Trio Project / Desire - Live
Hiromi The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips
Am I wrong about the bass playing in "Move"?
I'd like to see more rhythmically challenged basslines on Hiromi's albums.
Such as in this somewhat well-known little ditty:
I just saw a live vid clip of Hiromi with Simon and Anthony and she was playing her azz off. She was the star of that particular piece. Again, I have not heard the CD, but live it was her getting off!!
Umbria Jazz 2013,
Hiromi with Anthony Jackson and Steve Smith.
( I still can't to get over Anthony's pick playing)
As I've repeat many times before, Hiromi is multitalented virtuoso piano player. I just think that Anthony Jackson should participate more in Hiromi's "volcanically" rhythmic escapades. I could not find any "conversation" going on between Hiromi and Anthony Jackson.
Anthony plays a lot of unison rhythmic phrases with Hiromi.
As soon as those unison phrases are over, he immediately gets into the "laid-back undercurrent mode".
I would like to see Anthony Jackson, with immensely huge and knowledgeable experience, rhythmically challenging Hiromi.
To my ear michel camilos triangulo is leaning a bit more towards what you seem to be looking for.
Michel Petrucciani Trio in Tokyo with Steve Gadd is also very good. Amazing Bass and Drum interplay.
You'll also hear a lot of that kind of thing on 'the suitcase', a live album by Steve Khan with Dennis Chambers and AJ.
Hiromi completely removes any barriers for the drummer - you can always see her watching, exchanging (and extracting) rhythmic energy from Simon Phillips.
For some reason, she puts a lot of restraints on the bass.
P.S. I would highly recommend for any aspiring bass players to get that CD, "Move" and learn those clearly articulated different meters: 5/4, 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, etc...
Hiromi is really good about the form, motif/harmonic development.
Give this a listen;
Enough space for Anthony.
Why does it say (Contrabass Guitar) in "Personnel:
Steve Khan (Guitar),
Anthony Jackson (Contrabass Guitar), and Dennis Chambers (Drums)"?
It was the first time I saw AJ play live and remember that evening rather fondly! :)
The bassline from the composition, “Move” (or almost any other bassline from the CD) consists of playing a lot of the same exact bass parts in unison (monotone) with Hiromi’s left hand, and
with a few rare exceptions - when Hiromi articulates the notes “right-on-the-beat” and Anthony plays slightly “behind-the-beat” –
you would not hear any bass variations - no intervals, no interpolated fills, no variations or elaborate passages in cadenzas, no phrase development, no “question-answer” relationship between the contrabass guitar and the piano (not like the improvisational nature of the high-energy drums/piano relationship) , etc…
Just accurately articulated pre-written bass notes with excellent dynamics.
Rationalizing for Anthony, “Somebody needs to keep it simple while other musicians are in the midst of “raging” emotions.
Check out the 55Bar recordings by Wayne Krantz :).
One more time,
1. To my regret due to copyright infringement, I cannot just upload the album on soundCloud in order to illustrate/explain my opinion about Hiromi's "Move".
2. I highly recommend for any aspiring bass players to purchase Hiromi's album and try transcribe the basslines played in odd time signatures
How did we get from Hiromi's "Move" to Wayne Krantz's 55bar?
Wayne Krantz live at the Iridium from 7-1-13.
I really disagree .. I think AJs playing is very cool. It is grooves, it's cool ... in places it is non-simple, but all in all he just lays down the foundation that the piece rests on allowing the other two to fly.
Very cool music, I liked it right away .. which is rare for me these days, as I've grown very tired of jazz or whatever you call it the last couple of years.
Btw .. what's with the pick hate ? :D
Hmm...never knew Jackson played with a pick. I'm listening to the first link on a laptop so I don't hear much of his bass playing. Crazy piano playing there. I mean that in a good way. I'm always impressed by these drummers. How do they maintain the beat & still do all the other intricate things?
To me the Hiromi's Move is not a bad example of 'what he does' :). Other equally valid examples can be found on spotify; 'Voice' another Hiromi album featuring AJ, amongst them. Michel Camilo's Rendezvous can be found there too, which to me is far superior to anything I have heard from Hiromi ( yes, there is a question of taste in play here:)).
Next; Your Krantz clip is with Tim Lefebvre. No?
Al DiMeola - Race With Devil On Spanish Highway
Al DiMeola:Guitar, Timbales
Barry Miles:Electronic & Acoustic Pianos,Mini Moog
Lenny White : Drums
Al DiMeola - Flight Over Rio
Jan Hammer:Electronic Piano,Mini Moog
Steve Gadd : Drums
Mingo Lewis:Congas,Arp Odyssey,Organ
Anthony Jackson bass solo ［ M&M Studio / Live video ］ Steve Gadd ' in 1980 ( Anthony looks so young)
AJ played without the pick. His solo starts at 5:40
Listen to AJ on Lee Ritenour - P.A.L.S.
Lee Ritenour - Guitar;
Anthony Jackson -- Bass;
Harvey Mason - Drums;
Alex Acuña - Percussion;
Patrice Rushen - Piano
Lee Ritenour Captain Fingers (E.Guitar minus-one Etude)
From DVD title "OVERTIME"
Lee Ritenour - DINORAH, DINORAH (Live) feat Ivan Lins
Simple but Superb AJ's playing. NO PICK !
With one of my favorite piano players, Michael Petrucciani
So What - Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani With
Anthony Jackson and
Michel Petrucciani-september second
Anthony Jackson bass 1990.
Flora Purim - "Nana".
Flora Purim (vocal), Airto (percussion),
Anthony Jackson (bass),
Marvin 'Smitty' Smith (drums),
Hilton Ruiz (piano), and the horn section of Phil Woods (alto sax), Bob Berg (tenor sax) and Art Farmer (trumpet).
And so on...
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