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Jazz trios with bass guitar?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Raudsarw, Sep 14, 2012.


  1. Raudsarw

    Raudsarw

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    I'm starting a jazz trio with piano and drums. Of course, traditionally you'd see a double bass instead of bass guitar, but I've only held an upright once in my life (Yesterday, in fact). Not as easy as I thought it would be! I'll start practicing double bass at my music school but that will take a while to get up to a decent level. So I'm wondering, are there any great trios with a bass guitar out there?
     
  2. Lo-E

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    Pat Metheney's first album springs to mind.
     
  3. Nu11nV01D

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    I don't know if there are any GREAT trios, but I've performed at festivals and things with just a drummer, piano and myself, and I played my bass guitar. You just have to dial in the right sound. I use a passive Fender Jazz with DiMarzio jazz pickups and flatwounds.

    It's doable!
     
  4. Lo-E

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  6. AuntieBeeb

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    I've been getting away with it on and off for about eight years now. Admittedly not a piano trio; the jazz band I play with is violin, guitar and bass guitar.

    Unless your other band members are adamant that you need to sound like someone-in-particular, there's no harm in trying to forge your own sound.
     
  7. Luv2Pla4U

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    Wes Montgomery's brother, Monk Montgomery backed him up using a Fender Jazz.
     

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  8. brianrost

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    John Scofield's trio with Steve Swallow
     
  9. zon6c-f

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    I used to play trio and later quartet with Billy Davidow. See his Atlanta Knights trio at his site <www.atlantagrandpianos.com>

    Initially with Billy, I played string bass, but as he used Fender Rhodes as well as grand piano, I coudn't afford a mic, etc.

    I owned a Rickenbacker 4001 electric, so I used mostly used electric bass. I was a rocker working with hard core jazzers. What an experience. We remain friends to this day.

    Jazz trio with electric basss??..YES, YES..YES.
     
  10. MD

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    Michel Camilo w/ Anthony Jackson (among others).
     
  11. PostFusion

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    Try Happy Apple, very nice jazz band with an electric bass.
     
  12. Hapa

    Hapa

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    Headhunters w/Jaco...
     
  13. Dogbertday

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    Trio Of Doom!!!

    Jaco, matheny, and tony.

    Doom indeed
     
  14. thudfromafar

    thudfromafar Supporting Member

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  15. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Jazz Pistols - German jazz trio with wicked good players.
     
  16. JimK

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    Good one...Bright Size Life.
    A lotta people also like Standards Zone...a late-period Jaco album with Brian Melvin (drums) & Jon Davis (piano).
     
  17. Stealth

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    Not jazz, but good fusion - Niacin. Dennis Chambers, John Novello and Billy Sheehan. A great inspiration for the own jazz/fusion trio I'm participating in - we're going for the similar drums-bass-organ approach.
     
  18. Diesel Kilgore

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    To me the upright is just a more traditional thing. A P or J with flats would work just fine. The upright isn't a must, and like you found out, tougher to play! There is one in my local shop and it makes me look silly everytime I try to play it. :D
     
  19. kevteop

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    I think it's much harder to make a bass guitar fit in a jazz trio, but if you're really good it's possible. I'm not, so I started learning double bass. ;)

    Good luck!
     
  20. karla684

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    Hiromi Uehara with Anthony Jackson and Simon Philips.
     
  21. MrLenny1

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    Yah, what PACMAN said.
     

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