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Anthony Jackson and the four-string bass.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by twinjet, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. twinjet

    twinjet What does God need with a starship?

    Sep 23, 2008
    My fascination with his style has lately rekindled. I do not plan on acquiring a six string again, so what tunes have you seen/heard of with the master using a four string bass in hand?

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  2. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    A few weeks ago, my local PBS station aired Simon & Garfunkel's "The Concert in Central Park" from 1981. From what I could tell, Anthony played a single bass the whole night. It looked very similar to a 4-string natural-finish Jazz sans pickguard, though it might not have been a Fender.
  3. twinjet

    twinjet What does God need with a starship?

    Sep 23, 2008
    Ah, yeah! This one.

    Anthony Jackson and the contrabass guitar have become synonymous with each other. I wonder what tracks I can find with the four, though...
  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Yep, that's it alright.
  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    He plays "Career Girl' on Al DiMeola's first five albums.
    "Land Of The Midnight Sun"
    "Elegant Gypsy"
    "Splendido Hotel"
    "Electric Rendezvous"
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The early Eyewitness (Steve Khan, Steve Jordan & Manolo Badrena) are great!
    They have recently been reissued, too...3 albums on 2 discs.
    You need Eyewitness, Blades, & Casa Loco.
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...there's also his studio work with-
    Quincy Jones (Sounds...and Stuff Like That)

    Chaka Khan (Chaka, Naughty, etc)

    The O'Jays (Ship Ahoy)

    Eric Gale (Ginseng Woman)
  8. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    To me, that's the Anthony Jackson I always think of. I like all the more recent six-string stuff, too. But I was in love with those early DiMeola albums when I was younger (and they're still great).
  9. twinjet

    twinjet What does God need with a starship?

    Sep 23, 2008
    My first encounter with Jackson's playing was with Michel Camilo in Calle 54. He wielded his 6-string Fodera with such mastery, it inspired me to get a 6-string for myself. But looking back to AJ's older work, this is all incredible stuff. Elegant Gypsy/Race with Devil on Spanish Highway are two of my favorite tracks. That's some badass playing.

    I sold my 6-string, but I know there's still some learning to be done so that I can play like him on my own four banger.

    Blades is really tight, thanks for the suggestion @JimK .
  10. @JimK pretty sure all the Eyewitness stuff was done on a Smith 6 string bass that was built by Vinnie Fodera.
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  11. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
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  12. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Badass solo here.
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  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Even the early stuff...?
    If not, then mea culpa.
  14. Pretty sure, AJ is pictured in one CD playing the Smith and playing those funds you need a lo B.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Just looked...1st album has a pic of him playing the Smith.
    Blades has a nice picture of him with the Fender (same bass posted by twinjet above).
  16. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    He established his career on four string. There are exceptions but most of what he did prior to the early 80's was the four. Add "For the Love of Money" and "Ease on Down the Road" to the list.

    Here's a long form Grover Washington Jr. concert with Anthony on four string.

  17. nbsipics

    nbsipics Had to Cry Today Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    All I can hope is that AJ is recovering nicely.
    He really deserves it...
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  18. TalHaz

    TalHaz Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    Spring, TX
    MTD, Trickfish
    He always looks like he's very worried when he plays :D
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  19. nbsipics

    nbsipics Had to Cry Today Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    If you played that many notes over the years you would too!
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  20. Geordiecs


    Dec 18, 2016
    The voicings he pulls out of thin air :dead:
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