favorite bass solo?

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Tom Lane, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Torrance, CA
    Another thread got me curious about favorite bass solos and I thought this topic must have been covered here before so I searched, went through the first 10 pages of the results but no luck. If I missed it, can someone give me the search terms? or a link to the thread?
    Otherwise, what's your favorite bass solo? Jazz, acoustic bass only, please.
  2. tmntfan


    Oct 6, 2011
    Edmonton canada
    Dave Young and Oscar Peterson have a wicked duet on "in a mellow tone".
    the Ron Carter video of "willow weep for me" is great for a solo bass solo...
  3. Laklandfan

    Laklandfan Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    I really like Runnin' by Santana. Classic P tone.
  4. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    I have two:

    Watergate Blues - Percy Heath from "Marchin' On" - the Heath Brothers

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  6. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    For Jazz solos: Mingus on "Tensions" on Blues and Roots" and pretty obvious but Wilbur Ware on Softly - it is an iconic solo for a reason.
  7. chicagodoubler

    chicagodoubler Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz
    Ray on Night Train from the Oscar Peterson trio album of the same name. It's a crash course on how to sound like Ray Brown. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard a professional bass player quote the lines on this album, I could retire tomorrow.

    I know, I know, I know, but also Jaco on Havona. That solo will crush your skull.
  8. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
  9. That's not bass, it is a cello.
  10. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    It's called a "baby bass" in the liner notes, but it is a cello tuned like a bass. Percy often used it when he played melodies.

    So Watergate Blues is one of my favorite bassist's solos.
  11. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    One of many:
    Milt Hinton
  12. Eddie Gomez' solo on "Humpty Dumpty" took me 3 full days to transcribe it...but so worth it....love that solo. Also, LaFaro's solo on Nardis with Bill Evans Trio...
  13. Blanton on Pitter Panther Patter (I transcribed it and was blown away by what he did) and Mingus on Nostalgia in Times Square.
  14. Jly56


    Feb 11, 2014
    Rocky Mountains
    How about Chris Squire on the intro to On The Silent Wings of Freedom....


    Classic Ric-o-sound... I love my GL J bass, but would give my left nut for a '64 Rickenbacker 4001 model rm1999..... I'm just saying..:eek:
  15. lowEndRick


    Apr 8, 2006
  16. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    Flea with Lee Konitiz is pretty "rad", too, slapping all the way through "Darn That Dream"...
  17. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    Dawghaus... Anything by PC but say Sid's ahead on milestones .a close second some blues lines on red in bluesville and also motor city scene.
  18. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    People just can't honor a request can they?

    There are so many good ones that it's hard to have a favorite, but I'll point to Paul Chambers on Quiet Kenny - Blue Spring Shuffle.

    The piano is out of tune, but there's a little figure that Kenny Dorham played, then Tommy Flanegan repeats it in his piano solo, then Chambers built a bass solo around it, then it showed back up as a shout chorus. I like to think that it wasn't planned, but it just shows how well they were listening in the studio that day. If not, they made it sound and feel really organic.

    The riff showed up later on another Kenny Dorham album as "Butch's Blues" and was played largely as a solo bass piece by Butch Warren.
  19. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    My fav will always be the LaFaro solo on Gloria's Step from the VV recordings (the A recording). No particular reason. I just like it.
  20. Oscar Pettiford - Caravan - Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington

    Pure genius. Has melodic elements without actually duplicating the melody. And has percussive elements without stomping on the drummer. Great interplay with TM.

    Doesn't hurt that it's one of my favorite renditions of one of my favorite songs. Been working on my own version, now that I have a DB/EUB. I don't think I'll be attempting to mimic the solo any time soon...

  21. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    From the soundtrack of The fabulous Baker boys movie, if you can listen to the track called Shop till you bop. The DB solo in there is short but man it is insane, I think it is Brian Bromberg who is on the bass...