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Favorite Fretless Jazz/Fusion/Funk Recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by kopio, May 10, 2012.

  1. kopio

    kopio Supporting Member

    May 8, 2012
    Boise, ID
    Hey Guys,

    I'm relatively new here, but not new to bass or jazz. I'd like to know your favorite fretless bass jazz recordings. I know the basics....Jaco, Tribal Tech, Pat Metheny stuff with Egan, but what are other groups and bands that I just HAVE to check out. Interested to know what you think. Thanks for the input in advance.
  2. Bent - Gary Willis
  3. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    UZEB! Or any Alain Caron. Michael Manring esp with McGill Manring and Stevens or Attention Deficit.
  4. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Anything with Mick Karn, Ralphe Armstrong (JLP) or Percy Jones (Brand X)

    Fernando Sanders with Lou Reed - New Sensations

    Les Claypool Primus- Any of his fretless , but Jerry Was a Race car Driver & My name is Mudd
  5. ChrisDieci


    Oct 22, 2009
    Power Job - japanese, they have only have one eponymous album, fretless goodness courtesy of Toshimi Nagai!
  6. kopio

    kopio Supporting Member

    May 8, 2012
    Boise, ID
    Thanks for the advice guys.....

    I've checked out most of those guys...but I've never really checked out Alain Caron. I've also never checked out any of Gary Willis' solo stuff....just loved the heck out of him in Tribal Tech. I'm also a JLP fan....so I've got some Armstrong too!

    As far as Power Job....it's hard enough finding a reference to them, let alone finding an album in the US! Thanks for the heads up though guys.....there are a few names there I've never heard before...looks like I'm gonna be adding to my playlist!
  7. ACalbass


    Dec 16, 2011
    Bunny Brunnel stuff is great too.
  8. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Alphonso Johnson.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
  10. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Blues March on volume one has a killer Alphonso solo too, I'm glad they re-released those titles.
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I should also mention that Jimmy Johnson's brother Gordon swings his butt off on the songs Alphonso is not on.
    Thirty five years later and I still dig those albums.:)
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I bought Vol. 1 as an Import a few years ago. Ouch. Always liked it, though. Just stumbled upon Vol. 2 last week...and also saw the Havana Jam cds have been re-issued domestically. I paid big bucks for those as Imports, too.

    Anyway, yes Gordon Johnson swings his ass off...nice examples for those always asking about electric bass walking/swinging in a Jazz setting.
    George Duke's synth on the Montreux discs certainly brings back a '70s vibe.
    Noticed Focus' Thijs van Leer makes an appearance on Vol. 2

    You know anything about The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux?

    ...I do know AWB's 2 tunes ("McEwan's Export" & "Pick Up Pieces") were included on the somewhat recent re-issue Warmer Communications...And More.
  13. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Wounded Bird has re released a bunch of cool old stuff. I recently picked up some Sonny Fortune and speaking of fretless the first Matrix album with Randy Tico.
  14. pkstone

    pkstone Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2011
    Esperanza Spalding does some nice work on fretless electric (as well as double bass, of course).
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Wow...had no clue (as usual).
    I have Harvest on LP...always liked that particular album by Matrix. No cd, though...right?
  16. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I know Percy Jones has been mentioned already, but I just had to post this in here.

    "Noddy Goes To Sweden" - Brand X

    I just noticed they got the track title wrong on the video. Heh.
  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Just picked up Tale Of The Whale by Matrix...caramba!
    Listened to 2 of the tracks coming into work this morning-
    Track_1 has a horn section that sounds like the Jaco Pastorius Big Band.
    Track_2 would not sound out of place on Heavy Weather...at all.
    Back in the day, I only had Harvest by these guys. Tale Of The Whale (so far) is a bit more in the Weather Report-vibe than Harvest.
    ...will be picking up their 1st one soon.
  18. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Great stuff, Randy Tico always deserves mention in these fretless threads.
  19. I think Yo Miles with Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smioth is mostly fretless stuff by Michael Manring. Filled with killer in the pocket grooves. I unfairly grouped Manring's playing in with the over the top solo bass albums. He plays the perfect bassist role on this album. He holds down Ife forever!

  20. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    Check out Robertino Pagliari"s work with OHM. Great stuff! The albums Amino Acid Flashback and Circus Of Sound are awesome.