Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by sucka, Apr 27, 2011.
Write me band names/bassplayers who play Smooth Jazz or Acid Jazz or Jazz-Funk on a 4-string bass.
Incognito / Randy Hope-Taylor
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Stuart Zender formerly of Jamiroquai
Jaco, victor wooten, John Patitucci, Stanely Clark, Mark King, Jack Bruce, Marcus Miller, Bill Evans, Alexis Sklarevski, Christian McBride, ....
Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies)
Fima Ephron (Screaming Headless Torsos)
Going back to the '70s/early '80s-
Will Lee (Brecker Brothers, Spryro Gyra, et al)
Neil Jason (Brecker Brothers, Bob James, et al)
Gary King (Bob James, Tom Scott, et al)
Pops Popwell (The Crusaders)
Max Bennett (L.A. Express)
Jimmy Haslip (early Yellojackets)
Chris Wood of MMW. Not sure what acid jazz actually is, but it sounds like an appropriate description for MMW!
Paul S. Denman of SADE (Smooth Jazz)
Acid Jazz is the jazzy R&B of the 90s when it is mostly British acts who were billed as Acid Jazz. I'm on my phone so I can't link or look up the top groups but Incognito mentioned earlier was a top money maker on the jazzier side of Acid Jazz.
We in America would label some of MM&W as Acid Jazz (check out Lunar Crush w/ Medeski & the guys in the Screaming Headless Torsos).
In Britain, Acid Jazz was more of an 'underground' Dance genre...IMO, some of it sounds like '70s R&B/Funk re-visited (The Brand New Heavies are a prime example, IMO).
That's who I was thinking of Never Stop by The Brand New Heavies. I remember seeing the term in magazines and when I finally bought a discount sampler CD I said to myself where's the acid and where's the jazz.
That's funny...I used to say to Bruce L. (TB's UK expert...on anything)-
I get the "acid" part...where's the Jazz?
I knew it was dance music I guess I was expecting something like Sun Ra set to a modern dance beat.
JP plays 6, CMcB plays 5 on electric (I think . . . )
I have video of JP & McBride playing 4-string, Fender Jazz-style basses.
In JP's 1st Instructional Video, he plays some grooves on a Sadowsky 4-string Jazz.
I still recall seeing McBride rip on a Pensa-Suhr (?) 4-string Jazz when he was with Joshua Redman's band.
Granted, both videos are from the 1990s.
OK... me, too.
Back in the '70s, there was Rock, Hard Rock & something called Acid Rock...so, when I heard the term "Acid Jazz", I was thinking something more, too.
I highly recommend Jamie Bludworth of The Catfish Groove Farm - MTD 635. The band is billed as "acid jazz," but the music doesn't fit neatly into any one subcategory.
Darrel Jordan-former bassist from Mixx Co.
Jonathon Maron from Groove Collective. Definitely funky, and definitely jazz in this 'acid jazz'. He plays mainly 4 string's and I've mainly seen pictures of him plyaing an old PJ Yamaha.
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