Anthony Jackson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by rumbler, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Hey all,

    Since I play 6 I want to hear some stuff byits sole creator Anthony Jackson. What stuff should I listen to hear his work?

    Oh and also is it true his bass was a 36 inch scale?


  2. Was and still is 36" scale.

    Recordings...? Where to start but here are a few of my faves. I have so many more to get though.

    Triangulo - Michel Camilo
    One More Once - Michel Camilo

    I'm really tired and I'm gonna leave it at that for now. I can hardly think straight. Some other guys will be along to give you some more albums. Also do a search for Anthony Jackson and you'll turn up a lot.
  3. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006
    From Within - Michel Camilo
  4. Jackie Clark

    Jackie Clark

    Oct 3, 2004
    Jackie endorses Sire guitars,EBS amps and pedals,Dunlop Strings,Evidence Audio cables,and iGiG cases
    Check out Trio In Tokyo with Anthony,Steve Gadd,and Michel Petrucciani
  5. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Luthier and Instrument Tech at Kala Brand Music Co.
    Yes, yes, yes! All good suggestions so far.

    For some early AJ, check out his playing on "The Wiz" movie soundtrack. Killer playing. I think he was using his ash Jazz bass on that one. Be aware that the movie soundtrack is different than the Broadway soundtrack, which is the only recording available at the moment I believe. As far as I can tell AJ plays on both recordings but his performance on the movie soundtrack is far more exciting. I bought what I thought was the movie soundtrack from iTunes but it turned out it was the Broadway show. So I think the only way you can hear the movie soundtrack is to rent the movie.

    Another early one that's rare is a Lionel Hampton/Buddy Rich album called Transition. This one also features AJ with his Jazz bass. Ripped from my vinyl copy, I have a .zip of the entire album and another .zip of just the songs AJ appears on. PM me if you'd like a copy.

    Chick Corea - "Night Sprite" from the album The Leprechaun. One of his first recording with the six as I understand. The story goes that AJ changed strings six times before he found a set that sounded good enough for the track. Hardly anybody made six-string sets at the time and I guess QC was an issue. Amazing playing on this one with Steve Gadd.

    Steve Khan albums galore! Check out for rare sound clips of AJ live with Steve Jordan among others. All of his stuff with Khan is good.

    Dave Weckl Band - albums Hard Wired and Master Plan

    Michel Petrucciani - Both Worlds

    Wayne Krantz Trio - tons of live shows with AJ (usually @ 55 Bar) available on Wayne's website for cheap

    Hiromi - Brain

    Bireli Lagrene - My Favorite Django with Dennis Chambers

    Alejandro Sanz - No Es Lo Mismo (Sony label latin pop but great playing and great recording)

    Metro - Edits (found this one used. sort of smooth-jazzy but good lessons to be had as always)

    Simon and Garfunkel - Live in Central Park
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    My favorite Anthony Jackson is found on the first three solo CDs by Chaka Khan: Chaka, Naughty, What'cha Gonna Do for Me?. These were the CDs where he first developed the style that would be so impressive with folks like Steve Khan and Michel Camillo.
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  7. I have been watching vids of him on youtube. His TONE is MIGHTY!!!!!! Anyone else can recommend more recordings or albums he has some good work on?


  8. Mentioned before, but I'd say

    Steve Khan "Eye Witness"
    Hiromi "Brain"
    and find the Al DiMeola records he played on.
  9. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
  10. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004

    Electric Rendezvous
    & tour de force live
  11. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I believe Anthony now, uses a 34" bass.
  12. Thanks for the replies guys!

  13. Jackie Clark

    Jackie Clark

    Oct 3, 2004
    Jackie endorses Sire guitars,EBS amps and pedals,Dunlop Strings,Evidence Audio cables,and iGiG cases
    Almost forgot!!! Try Lee Ritenour's,"Live at the Coconut Grove" DVD!!!! He's wearing that Fodera out! Also,Steely Dan's,"Goucho" Simon & Garfunkel's,"Concert at Central Park"!! major grooves! What I like about him is that he can forge his style onto a session and make it work!! Not many can do that!!! He's a genius in my opinion! I have some mp3's of live footage of him with Wayne Krantz from Bass Day(I think) where he honored with an achievement award.They're SMOKING!!!
  14. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    AJ did some great work on the soundtrack album for the film version of "The Wiz", where he gets the job done with style and class, all while leaving no doubt as to who played bass on the project.

    I also like the tunes "Ruby Baby" off of Donald Fagen's "Nightfly" album and "It's Been You" from Anita Baker's "Rhythm of Love" :

  15. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Luthier and Instrument Tech at Kala Brand Music Co.
    I remember trying to track those recordings down when I first found out about them but they were oddly hard to find where I was living at the time and before online record stores had taken off.

    I just got them from amazon and you are not joking. Super-funk!
    Thanks for reminding me to track them down. I can't wait to scour them and absorb every detail.


  16. Buddy Rich - Tuff Dude

    terrible name for an album, really good example of straightahead jazz on electric bass. predates the 6 string but a really nice sound and a couple of solos.
  17. rochishin


    Jan 23, 2008
    Calle 54
  18. taliesin


    Nov 12, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I'm pretty sure he was on Di Meola's Elegant Gypsy and Casino albums.

    I saw him a year or so ago playing with Mike Stern at a small club in NYC - he may be on Stern's more recent albums.
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...there's also a live Dimeola album called Tour De Force-Live. Lotta pickin'.

    I recommend the soon-to-be-issued Steve Khan/Eyewitness live set called The'a a trio & it's pretty much 'anything goes'.

    For Pop stuff-
    "Glamour Profession" (enough crossing-the-bar figures to keep you on your toes) & "My Rival" from Steely Dan's Gaucho album.
    "Ruby, Baby" & "I.G.Y." from Donald Fagen's The Nightfly.
    "I'm Gonna Miss You In The Morning" from Quincy Jones' Sounds...and Stuff Like That

    Ship Ahoy-The O'Jays (contains "For The Love Of Money")
    Ginseng Woman-Eric Gale

    The Chaka Khan stuff is stellar.
  20. He's on Mike's newest album 'Who let the cats out?'
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