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Essential Bona Albums/Recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Aaron, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    What are some essential Richard Bona albums?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I only have Joe Zawinul's World Tour LIVE album with Bona(Vic Bailey on there, too).
    I checked out Bona's solo disc...didn't happen for me.
    I think Bona is also on the new Mike Stern album(?).

    He's a bad player, just wish the projects were a little 'different'. That's my problem, though.
  3. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Do you mean bad as in awful or bad as in bad ass? Or did you mean to say he is not a bad player?
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I'm pretty sure that JimK means he's a bad player - i.e. he's very, very good! ;)

    I bought his last solo album "Reverence" which has some good moments but is a bit dull and sort of MOR - it didn't really inspire me to repeated listenings .

    The favourite recording I have heard that he plays on is "SPACES Revisited" which is basically a straight ahead Jazz album with electric instruments - but the personnel are awesome.

    Larry Coryell and Birelli Lagrene on guitars and Billy Cobham on drums as well as Bona, whose playing is really on top form. He plays some really funky but harmonically interesting lines and some great solos - although he is mostly supporting and locking in really well with Cobham. I would recommend this album wholeheartedly to anyone interested in what makes Bona a bass player worth listening out for.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Roger The Bruce nailed it. Bona was called "The African Jaco" by Bass Player mag awhile ago...
    Since when does "bad" no longer = very good, anymore?

    I don't have Spaces Revisited...I do have the original Spaces sitting right here atop my compooter desk...very nice early Fusion disc from '74(Coryell, McLaughlin, Cobham, Corea, & Vitous).
  6. I would also reccomend "Spaces-Revisited"

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