Examples of great sounding plywood jazz bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by krfoss, Aug 21, 2017.


  1. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I'm looking for some recordings of jazz players using plywood basses. All great recordings seem to be on fully carved fancy basses, but I want to hear some examples of great sounding ply basses both old and new.
     
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  2. Here is an album done recently
    B's Bees - Music

    Sage Reynolds is playing a plywood bass on all 7 songs of the album "B's Bees".

    Enjoy.
     
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  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Sean Smith - Kay plywood bass.

     
  4. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario
    Dennis Irwin!
     
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  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Here's a recent one on a New Standard LaScala ply:

     
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  6. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Port Deposit, MD
    Yup- that 1st plywood bass sounded great. Nice growl. Was the second one plywood as well?

    Also thanks for the great videos. Gave me a reminder on how much better my upright playing could be.
     
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  7. dhm

    dhm

    Apr 15, 2007
    brooklyn,ny
    Wilbur B. Ware with Sonny Rollins at the Vanguard!!
     
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  8. jlmorgan84

    jlmorgan84 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2014
    Clemson, SC
    Come to one of my gigs, and then try to imagine the polar opposite to the sounds you're hearing!
     
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  9. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Thanks! The first two videos in that playlist are the same ply bass. The rest are the hybrid.
     
  10. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Well, not all the time, I saw him on several record dates thru the years and in that limited sample size he probably recorded more on his French bass. But he would definitely use both, he talks about them briefly around the 2:53 mark of this video

     
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    And a Barry Ries sighting at 3:53!
     
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  12. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Israel Crosby on the live Ahmad Jamal stuff

     
  13. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Slam Stewart...with Slim Gaillard, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie
     
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  14. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    I just stumbled on this, Webber is playing a Kay. And a little off topic, but how about Jimmy Cobb in his mid 80's?

     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
  15. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    So good. Thanks everyone for the inspiration!
     
  16. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    I absolutely love his sound every time I hear him.
     
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  17. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    I'm just curious, how do you know Sean is playing a plywood bass on this? I don't have this record
     
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  18. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    Arizona
    WTBIJAZZ.COM
     
  19. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    Arizona
     
  20. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    He told me.
     
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