Alain Caron

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Raman, Mar 24, 2021.


  1. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Was that L’Air du temps? I know Alain used to play there sometimes. I’m not a UZEB fan at all but (to my surprise) I really enjoyed seeing Alain with his band a few years ago.
     
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  2. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    It's on the "5" album. Cool song.
     
  3. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    On St-Denis, just a couple buildings north of Le St-Sulpice. There used to be a 2 storey cafè-bar there... Can't remember the name.
     
  4. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Okay, I don’t know which bar that would have been. What a scene there was here back in the day. :sorry:
     
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  5. MotorCityMinion

    MotorCityMinion

    Jun 15, 2017
    ZZZZZZZZZZZ
     
  6. Yonni

    Yonni

    Oct 31, 2016
    Scotland
    Anyone recommend a good album to start with. I’m into fusion but haven’t heard Uzeb.
     
  7. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Tour 90 is a good place to start.
     
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  8. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    World Tour
     
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  9. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    I think it was called Le Grand Café...

    So many venues closed down in the last decade. Many, it turns out, never had the proper permits and were vulnerable to neighbours complaining about noise. Doesn't make sense for a city with so many talented bands!

    The actual mayor also seems bent on chasing people away from downtown.
     
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  10. Alain is one of the very best bassists around. He is a true master of the instrument, a near-unparalleled talent. Tremendous playing, incredible tone and a catalogue of fabulous music spanning over four decades.
     
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  11. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    And to think Caron started out as a drummer!
     
  12. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Him and Mark King both. Maybe they should start a band together where they switch back-and-forth. :D
     
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  13. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Was just listening to Slam the Clown live...
    Gotta say though, one thing that annoys me with this whole era and genre is the bloody use a the synth effect on bass. I happen to actually love the sound of the bass, and having it masquerade as another synth in the band is a total turn off for me.
    One very sad example is when Caron teamed up with double bassist virtuosi Michel Donato to record Basse Contrebasse. I'd seen them play a couple songs on tv to preview the album. And it sounded awesome! Just pure bass against double bass! So naturally, I ran to the store as soon as the album came out. ...And it was completely ruined for me by Caron playing through a synth emulator.

    Here's the actual tv show I'd seen (insynthed)
     
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  14. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Alain, Pattitucci and Kim stone are the ones who made me want to play a 6 string. I've never looked back. All 3 are killer players. Alain, however, is my favorite. He was doing things in the 80s and 90s that were way ahead of their time.
     
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  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Ah-ha, so that might explain why his time is so rock-solid. Guy can groove like a machine!
     
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  16. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Wake up!
     
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  17. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    He explains how he was frustrated not having the possibility to play notes on drums. He figured out he could drum notes on a bass. And so he invented slap on his own, not knowing at first it already existed.
     
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  18. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    There are a lot of jazz and fusion albums where 80's technology did them no favors, synth axe anyone? There was a TB thread asking about an Omar Hakim solo album and I broke it out after not listening to it for a very long time, I couldn't get through it, the gates on the drums were horrible.
     
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  19. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Not a huge fan of the synth stuff either, but pretty easy to overlook when you hear what he is playing. I think his use of synth may have come from his UZEB days. They were doing a lot of synth and midi stuff in their music. Even the drummer had pads set up with synth tones.
     
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  20. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    LOL! Exhibit A:

     
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