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Bass Player Mag, Part II

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JimK, Jan 29, 2000.

  1. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I began this thread on the "old" site(before lump/*lump* crashed the server;-)-
    In the Jan 2000 issue, the editor said BP mag was gonna stick more to instructing/teaching than the hype-type stuff.
    So far so good...I picked up the Feb 2000 issue(Paul Mac cover...I know Paul A is upset;-)...anyway, a lot of written out examples to play at your leisure. There's a whole section of some Latin-style grooves & how someone like Lincoln Goines improvs on them...totally cool! My only complaint, thus far, is with the workshops; IMO, they're not measuring up to what they used to have.
  2. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    I have a gift. My favorite is when I call a contractor over to look at something I've broken and he says, "Wow. I've never seen it do that before. Hey, you guys come check this out!"

    I haven't seen the Feb issue yet (except what's on the website), but the stuff in the Jan issue was pretty weak. Ed F.'s "column" was only three tiny paragraphes, and you had to flip through 20 pages of ads to read the four measly paragraphs in Roscoe Beck's column. And I realize they were in the "Bassics" section, but they were WAY basic. Even the Jazz Concepts column was just about chord symbols. I guess they went back to square one for the new century (I figure at this rate they should be introducing the eighth note in the April 2003 issue). Pretty weak overall, I thought.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    April's issue has some decent music examples from John Patitucci's IMPRINT; a lot of Latin-ish stuff in 3/4 or 6/8.
    Also, some of Kool Bell's grooves from his Kool & The Gang days...

    Since this is APRIL's issue, beware! BP is known for their April Fools' pranks-
    ...on the NEW GEAR page, there's something called "Bass Mittens"-designed to make it more difficult to practice, so you're sure to play better in no time. Also good for 'muted dub' tone...also, customized for 4-string through 7-string players(sorry 'bout that JT frown.
    ...there's also a website www.bassmittens.com
    I ain't goin' there wink.

    [This message has been edited by JimK (edited April 01, 2000).]
  4. Oh heck I allready ordered by bass mittens, then APRIL FOOL. Oh well.

  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Got the August issue today(Kanal cover)-
    Hot damn! Gary King got a write-up; very feeble, indeed...nevertheless, he FINALLY got mentioned!
    Anyway, us OLD guys will know him fom his NYC session work in the '70s-'80s; I was wondering what some of your favorite Gary King albums, tracks, yadda are...
    I really like Tom Scott's NEW YORK CONNECTION album.
  6. NukeBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Cornelius, NC
    I read BP magazine occasionally and usually only get it for the transcribed song. I do like all the extras inside, though.

    My complaint with BP is the same as with other guitar mags of late...they don't transcribe the whole song.

    I got the February issue mentioned above because of the Oh Darling transcription, figuring it to be complete. At a glance it appeared to be. However, once I listened to the song with the music in front of me, I noticed that the dude put a repeat for the third verse where there are obvious differences in the bassline. If I can hear it, I know somebody else can. Yes, I'm lazy and don't feel like figuring it out on my own, but for five dollars I want it all.

    Maybe I'm just too picky

    [This message has been edited by NukeBass (edited July 22, 2000).]
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Gary King? Grover Washington's "Mr. Magic" album. Nothing flashy, just right in the pocket grooves.

    Also featured one of my favorite pocket drummers at the time, Harvey Mason. I loved his work with Grover and on Herbie's "Headhunters".
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Read the King article-
    Man, I didn't know Gary King played the bassline on The Jacksons' "Blame It On The Boogie"! Fun stuff!

    Another "old-timer" in the new BASS PLAYER(whose appearance was looong overdue)is Buster Williams. I ran out this a.m. & found his PINNACLE album(from the '70s)...damn good; I missed out on this when it was first released. Buster plays a funky Fender Jazz bass figure on the opening track.

    Whaddayathink of Mike Clark's playing in The Headhunters?

  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...some random thoughts regarding Feb 2001's issue-

    1)Low Down editorial
    Richard Johnston sez "...if you think today's version of Punk-Rock music is truly primitive, you haven't been listening".
    ...uh, primitive within the Punk idiom is a "good thing"(or so I thought). Punk, IMHO, isn't about commercialism or being polished or being "modern"...sounds like watering down for the masses to me.

    2)Letters To The Editor
    A certain reader(praising BP for the Adam Clayton cover) sez "...you have put too many musicians on the cover". Then he immediately follows that with "...it's all about making music". Huh?! For crissakes, the last thing I want on the cover of a music mag is a MUSICIAN.
    BTW, next month's issue has Milt(RIP)Hinton on the cover(& a very cool picture; check out BP's site for a glimpse)...a rare thing when an upright bass is seen on BP's cover.

    3)Hip-Hop Pocket
    The Black Eyed Peas bassist sez "...Hip-Hop bass is pocket & feel; it's listening & space...it's about what you're leaving for someone else to fill up".
    Sounds good; the example shown is a 1/16-note 1-bar rhythm(bass plays on /1__a.e.a......../). Lots of space as the bass lays out totally on beats 3 & 4. Anyway, it's seems to be very close to Funk IF played straight...IMO, the Hip-Hop-ness occurs if that figure is played with a bit of swing; that wasn't mentioned(specifically).


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