How awesome is the bass playing on Jeff Becks "Blow by Blow"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by octaverazor, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. octaverazor


    Jun 3, 2009
    Houma, LA
    How awesome is the bass playing on Jeff Becks "Blow by Blow"???

    So awesome!!

    I Really like this album.
  2. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Sorry, not sure about blow by blow, but his first two feature ron wood on bass, and the playing is sweet!
  3. Hamrhed


    Dec 26, 2007
    Blow by Blow features Phil Chen on Bass- and yes he is the Bruce Lee of Bass :D
  4. Groin-grabblingly awesome!
  5. GtenderG

    GtenderG Supporting Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    'Wired' has been a big fave of mine... Wilbur Bascomb created some great grooves for JB.

  6. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Rather awesome.
  7. Photoman1969


    Jun 15, 2009
    Had to hop over the YT and take a listen...very nice. I hadn't listened to any of that in...yikes...30 years or so...

    Very tasty Precision work by Phil Chen.
  8. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Yeah, great stuff. Phil Chen's a bass player, while Ron Wood always sounds like a guitarist who doesn't quite "get" bass.

  9. sflajimmy


    Nov 6, 2005
    South Florida
    Phil Chen was featured in a recent BP article. I found it interesting that he doesn't read a lick of music and plays by ear....Not promoting this BTW. It's just that some have it and some don't;)
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Great album that 'blew' me away the 1st time I heard it (the week it was 1975).
    Take the 1st tune, "You Know What I Mean" mean the bass doesn't have to play on Beat 1?!? ;)
    Every tune is a Classic. The Beatles' "She's A Woman"...I didn't even recognize it! ;)

    Check out the recent Live At Ronnie Scott's album/DVD for an uptempo version of "Scatterbrain".
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...sounds like he's still playing the same set of strings that he used for Blow By Blow!
  12. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    love jeff beck. love blow by blow. great stuff.
  13. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    +1, I was already a huge Beck fan when the album came out and I was not disappointed. There were rumors that its was going to be a instrumental album, but by that time in my listening tastes, it was perfect timing.;)
  14. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Actually,he is playing the same set.He said in the BP article that he has had those strings on that bass for 45 years,IIRC.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    Same here! I liked Rock instrumentals/jam sections (as bands of that time were expected to be capable of)...
    ...& in '75, my uncle started turning me onto Jazz...Blow By Blow was a perfect fit.
    Possibly a desert island disc for me.
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Yes, you're correct. string endorsement for Phil, huh?
  17. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    I remember buying Blow By Blow on vinyl back in '75 with funds from my summer job. A great album then and a great album now. I think I prefer Jeff's playing then before he discovered the whammy bar.
  18. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
  19. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    This album in '75 was ear training ground toward Jazz...

    Sequence went Blow by Blow > One of a Kind > Land of the Midnight Sun > Heavy Weather...

    Chen played perfect for the music.

    Anyone know what kind of bass was actually used on the album? I would be interested to know...
  20. bassplayertom77


    Sep 24, 2008
    I saw Phil Chen play with the 21st Century Doors a few years back. Solid bass playing. BTW, Robby Krieger was the best part of that show.a