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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by JAUQO III-X, Nov 9, 2012.
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Great interview, Jauqo - thanks for posting!
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Thanks Ron and thanks for taking the time to check it out.
Good stuff. Thanks.
Nice. School 'em!
On my FB feed today.
Great Jauqo! Posted on Thunder Row. Congrats!
great interview Jauqo, and thanks for sharing. I especially like what you say about talking and listening to your elders
Thanks Roy and thanks for posting it on Thunder Row.
You're welcome Smoke. We have to listen to our elders for so many reasons.
They hold the key(s) They have the experience and they've paved the way for many.
I meet so many bass players who know nothing about the history of the instrument or the players.
Really enjoying your interview. I'm halfway through it at this point.
Eloquent and passionate about the subject - great interview. Where would you point a bass 'youngster' to start learning from their elders?
Thank you. And I am very passionate about bass. It has been the love of my life in more ways than I can remember.
I would suggest that what ever the genre that they are heavily influenced by would be a good start and just learn every thing they can about the history of those players that make up that genre and who their inspiration(s) and influences(s) may be.
Like if their into Paul Mccartney, if they take the time to learn more about Mccartney than he being the bassist for the Beatles that would lead them to some of Mccartney's influences on bass, two of which include James Jamerson and Brian Wilson. And coming across those names they should be open minded enough to check them out and see where that may take them.
Thankfully I'm open minded enough to pretty much dig all the bass players that I have heard, whether their famous or not.
There's a Gypsy bass player here in Chicago named Billy that just kills on the bass. Every time I have heard him I am like wow this dude is killing all around the board. And he's so chilled about it all.
That is fantastic advice. I expected you to list your own key influences (as you did in the video) but it's much better advice to start from what I like and work back from there. I come from a very different musical background. Motown, jazz, blues - not what I grew up on at all, so to point me straight to Jamerson wouldn't have as much impact as someone who grew up around that sound. I heard mostly folk and classical around the house, then found my way into indie/alternative guitar-based music from the late '80s through grunge and Britpop. The bassist who caught my attention, even years before I ever picked up a bass, is Mike Mills of REM. Taking your advice I've been researching his background (not easy for a fairly background sort of guy) but McCartney, McVie and, yes, Jamerson were mentioned as strong influences.
Looks like it's time to get over my slightly stubborn lack of interest in and knowledge of the Beatles, along with checking out some Fleetwood Mac and wading through the Motown archives. Let's get me some bass heritage.
Great interview and very good advice Sir Paul is my biggest influence listening to the Beatles since childhood many years ago I really took the time to read as much as I could about Sir Paul including re-listening to records,isolated bass tracks and watching concert footage and reading interviews about the people who influenced him it really gave me an appreciation for his style.
You guys are very welcome.
The bass players coming out of Detroit, Ohio and Philly really did it for me but,
James Jamerson,Chuck Rainey, Ralphe Armstrong, Bernard Edwards, Doug Wimbish and Jamalaadeen Tacuma had the biggest impact on me as a bass player but I was always and I'm still extremely open minded to all kinds of music and the various players coming out of the music that I'm taking in. and it's mainly about respecting other genre's than the ones that we may primarily be inspired/influenced by.
And for me the bass player does not have to be some so called famous player. There's a gypsy bass player here in Chicago name Billy(his last name escapes me) that just kills all around the board.
I remember Chuck Rainey telling me that if it wasn't for Jamerson there would be no Chuck Rainey. He was referring to the influence Jamerson had on him.
We need to know our history, it really allows us to be far more authentic in the genre's we work in.
Very nice Jauqo!!!
At the risk of being redundant, thanks for that lesson in tracing your roots. I consider myself lucky in that, as a young guy learning jazz and was getting into Ray Brown and Mingus, my teacher said "Hold on, those guys are great, but don't you want to know who influenced THEM?" Suddenly that introduced me to Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart and Jimmy Blanton, guys who all influenced me greatly (Slam's influence sneaks into my electric playing too).
Thank you Markus.
Exactly, it's all about the roots and the overall history of our musical journey.
You're a staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine, how about a piece on Kalamazoo's very own Bill Clements and some of the other Bass players who may not be personal favorites of the staff of the mag.
Whats up Chris?
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