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Hadrien Feraud - Speed Demon

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Tupac, May 25, 2018.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Uh... whoa. Check out his solo around 1:30. Good lord

  2. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I am listening to Hadrien’s new project, “Spirit Fingers” and would like to officially update Hadrien Feraud’s status in my (!) world from
    “the most technically-advanced bass player in the world” to
    “The most musically/musicianship-wise advanced electric bass player in the world.”
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  3. fusionguy


    Aug 21, 2014
    The main problem with that is that Gary Willis is still alive :)
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  4. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Hadrian’s technique is breathtaking but I don’t think he has reached Gary Willis’s level of creativity/musicality. Subjective of course, they are both virtuosos.
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  5. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013

    Here is my (humble but still aging:roflmao:) opinion.

    Musicality includes NOT only technique and how many notes one could play.
    Gary Willis - a superb and highly dedicated musician who does so much for the bass community, for the bass players in the world by sharing his knowledge - is among the very few best bass players in the world.
    N.B. I like Gary Willis very much and will defend him anytime from any "assaults", but...

    Somewhere deep inside of me, there is a "strange" voice - my alter ego - telling me that Gary Willis is becoming an ultimate bass specialist that could be described as "The More (the best) of less". :confused: o_O

    Recent Hadrien's works go way beyond just "Wow, what a bass line".
    Hadrien's rhythmic, harmonic, melodic phrasing is wider, his dynamic renditions is more pronounced.
    It's not about Hadrien's SOLOING moments. It's about his "mental" capacity to play MUSIC.

    Here are two tracks from Spirit Fingers:

    Now, here is Hadrien's arrangement of Sledgehammer.



    It's very LAME for me to express my personal opinion that could and WOULD be interpreted by TB members as saying something negative about my favorite bass players!

    N.B. Don't you (or anybody else) try to start any foolish discussion that WUTP "dissed" Gary Willis who has been in my music world way before Hadrien!!!
    Remember my alter ego is not me. Get angry with my second ego, not with me.
    I have my own, my personal vision of Music. Just one vision among millions. Follow your lead.
    Last edited: May 27, 2018
  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I just tried listening to the video in the OP and my iPhone exploded into flames!

    Looking forward to checking this out on a proper sound system.
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  7. fusionguy


    Aug 21, 2014

    Thanks, I'm very familiar with Feraud but there's really no comparison from my perspective in terms of pretty much everything from groove, note choice and composition. Willis is by far my favorite. I'm glad Feraud is out there playing though all the same :)
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  8. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    Anytime, I've had similar conversations with serious musicians about "their (most) favorite Artist/s", I would point to the night sky full of infinite stars and would ask, "Which one is your favorite?" "Those stars exist with and/or without our arguing about their "importance" scale".
    That's how I feel about my favorite Musicians - Willis and Feraud.
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  9. fusionguy


    Aug 21, 2014
    I'm with you on that too. I will say Hadrien is definitely one of my favorites of the generation after Willis, Jimmy Johnson, Caron, Jeff Andrews and so on.

    Some other younger-ish players I like are Evan Marien, Damian Erskine, Edmond Gilmore, Janek Gwizdala, Teymur Phell and Romain Labaye (also from France).

    Also check out Michel Alibo if you haven't heard him (try some Sixun, marvelous French fusion band)
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  10. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I have listened to other bass players but no one can take Hadrien’s “superbest” technique to produce the widest dynamic spread with less amounts of any (various) background noises.
    Willis is using a different - softly speaking/sotto voce, “TLC” - technical approach with all its pluses and minuses.
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  11. fusionguy


    Aug 21, 2014

    Willis definitely has a wider dynamic range than Hadrien as far as I am concerned. Definitely different approaches and both worthwhile.
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  12. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    Yes Little Billy.
    Monsters DO exist!!
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That OP has some of the fastest cleanly executed playing I have ever heard.
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