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Does flea play trumpet?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by RHCFlea, Sep 23, 2001.


  1. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    He plays bass and trumpet, I think, on Pretty Little Ditty. But he also appears to play trumpet and bass simultaneously on the live chili peppers version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.:confused: why is this?
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Trumpet is actually his first instrument.
     
  3. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    True dat. Apparantly he was supposed to be an excellent jazz trumpeter (?), but gave it up when he fell in love with bass.
     
  4. He played trumpet on Idiots Rule by Jane's Addiction.
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Because he's a big 'ol show-off? ;)
     
  6. they say flea's bassplaying can't hold a candle to his trumpet work.
     
  7. All I have ever heard was that he is pretty good at trumpet, but nothing too special....
     
  8. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    His father is/was a jazz musician, and that's what he wanted for Flea. Flea also wanted to follow in his dad's footsteps, however......
    * Vincent Price voice*
    neither of them fully understood the intoxicating allure of the bass! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
     
  9. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    no way, man! Flea is one of the best trumpet players ever! He was practically a jazz trumpet legend even before he picked up the bass
     
  10. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Posted by lo-end
    um....legend, you say?!
     
  11. melvin

    melvin

    Apr 28, 2001
    You havent seen their Behind the Music have you? They said that he was the best trumpet player they had heard since this jazz legend went to school there (forgot his name) like 20 years earlier or something, he had to have been amazing if they said that.
     
  12. actually...it was his step-dad...


    ...carry on...:)
     
  13. BassistJ

    BassistJ

    Mar 20, 2001
    Hemet, CA USA
    It was Herp Albert, I beleive.

    ...and I really don't think I need to say anything otehr then that. :rolleyes: :D
     
  14. beermonkey

    beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Flea is/was actually a very good trumpet player. Listen to his tone on "pretty little dity". He could have been a great jazz trumpet player but fell in love with the bass.

    Trumpet was my first instrument as well, I played for about 15 years before giving it up and focusing completely on bass.
     
  15. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Flea was a really good trumpet player. When he was in high school we was involved with some pretty prominent student orchestras.

    He doesn't play very much anymore, so his embouchure is now much weaker. He was asked to play trumpet for some album recently, but he declined because his lips weren't strong enough since he hadn't been tooting much.
     
  16. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    on pretty little ditty, it's too separate tracks combined, right? Or does he play trumpet and bass at the same time.
     
  17. separate tracks, of course!
     
  18. beermonkey

    beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    The Bass and trumpet on "Pretty Little Ditty" were played at different times. That's painfully obvious by listening to what each instrument is doing.

    Unless you're hammering on every note you are playing with the bass, it's totally impossible to play a trumpet and a bass at the same time. Did someone actually see him play the trumpet and bass at the same time? I mean, "smells like teen spirit" would be a very easy song to play on bass using just your left hand (which would free up his right hand to play trumpet, the hand you need to have free to work the valves). If it's just on a live recording, they very easily could have overdubbed the trumpet in the studio. Over dubbing and sometimes replacing/adding entire parts in the studio to a "live" cd is completely and utterly common in the popular music genre.
     
  19. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    I was joking on pretty little ditty, I knew it was two tracks but I was confused on teen spirit. It's a bootleg, it wasn't ever commercially released, so I didn't think they did that. the version flea plays is a bit more involved than the bass on the normal version, as he also plays the guitar part, but it could concievably be hammered. Thanks for your responses
     
  20. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    You should ask Mike Watt about this.

    I've got his wrestling record, and flea plays the trompet quite nice on one of these pseudo-jazz tracks.