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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 9, 2021.
I did not connect with Black Messiah. I will listen again.
There are some YouTube videos from the North Sea Jazz Festival that brought some of these songs to life for me. I love the record, but the performances are way beyond.
I prefer D’Angelo live. The way he treats his vocals on Voodoo kind of ruins things for me.
There is a double live album from early in D'Angelo's career with Jerry Brooks on bass that is excellent.
Thanks for the tip - I’ll check that out.
Is the album Live at the Jazz Cafe?
Yeah, its recorded in '95 but released later, he was pretty young.
The album is as much a surprise to me as was tony levin's World diary. Nice to hear something slightly 'different'.
One thing I like about this and the Levin album...neither is a 'bass album' .
Yup. My favorite thing about them is that neither are flashy players. They're musical players and they simply play the right the right thing. Not the flashy fast or most impressive thing. But the right thing.
This was my introduction to Pino. Sumpin' else!
For starters, welcome back TB!
Great interview. And yes the Guy Pratt comment was hilarious!
The new disc is beautiful and does not meet expectations, in a good way. There really is no one lead voice on it. It’s completely an ensemble approach throughout. Hits me like something Nelson Riddle or Clare Fischer might conceive. Beautiful production with all kinds of juicy distortion sprinkled throughout.
One of the things that stands out to me is how deep Pino’s harmonic concept is. Obviously his pop stuff is top shelf in that department but this expands beyond pop harmony and gives welcome insight to what he hears beyond that.
Doc, I totally understand not connecting with Black Messiah at first (several glances). I force fed myself because of my reverence for all the players and D. I almost recommend start at Sugah daddy and go from there. The Brent Fischer intro to Really love is amazing as is the song. I found a bunch of it started to resonate after many listens. I still don’t get the first few songs but they are strangely funky.
More good recent Pino interview stuff...
Pino Palladino: Pathfinder
Love Pino, but I could not get into the D'Angelo albums. After a few listens, my first thought was "where's the bass?" It sounded like more of a hum/rumble than a tone with discernable notes. Maybe I need to watch the live clips.
Voodoo is magic to me because of the subtle behind the beat feel. The playing is simple, proper note placement takes real skill.
My issue was that I couldn't hear a distinguishable bass guitar at all. And I was listening on a good stereo. Maybe I need to go back and give it another listen.
The bass was not high in the mix, but I could hear it on every device I ever used.
Thanks for sharing! The album with Bahamas stated in the article has Pino’s magic all over the place
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