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Jimmy Johnson's solo with Planet X

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Redhotbassist, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    Hi guys -

    I've just finished transcribing this solo from the very talented and very underrated Jimmy Johnson! so thought i'd video it and put it on my YT channel.. this is a tune called 'Midnight Bell' from Planet X's Moonbabies album, always loved this solo.. i must of heard this track for the first time around 8/9 years ago! and it blew me away, the dynamics and versatility in it.. a lot of colour used!

    for anyone who wants to have a go at learning it :)


  2. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    Man I've been telling people about Jimmy since the late 80's......Cat got some grease to his playing,and as a matter of fact he was one of the very 1st player I had seen playing that 5 string Alembic,even before the 5 string became a novelty
  3. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    Yeah! i heard that he was the first guy to ever play a 5-string.. but such an awesome player, and a very humble guy aswell! :)
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  5. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    Thanks Joe :)
  6. i'm diggin this immensely.. it's compact and a strong statement. the octaves are awesomely used, and his "conversational" phrasing is so cool.. really inspired labor-of-love, man. great bass solos are definite keepers, well worthy of study, they show where the instrument is heading.
  7. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    Yeah man, it blew me away when I first heard it, and then the second time I listened to it.. still blew me away! And it will always continue to, his solos with Holdsworth are great aswell! I got to meet him
    After a gig he did in the UK, such a nice guy! :)

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