Iconic jazz bass licks, lines, intros, and figures

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Chris Fitzgerald, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I'm revising the sophomore barrier exam for the U, and would like skew the material away from the same bebop heads that the horn players have to do and make it a bit more bass centric and include practical stuff that bass players should know out on a gig in the real world. Help brainstorming would be much appreciated.

    So far, I've got the lines from:

    So What
    All Blues
    Killer Joe
    Maiden Voyage
    Cantaloupe Island
    Black Narcissus
    Mercy Mercy Mercy

    And the "Bird of Paradise" intro from "ATTYA"

    Need to revise by end of next week. Let the brainstorming begin!
  2. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    A Night in Tunisia
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  3. Don C

    Don C

    Jan 13, 2007
    Victoria BC
    Red Clay
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  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Intro to RECORDAME, hell ALL the intros to the Bird heads. Intro to JOY SPRING
    if you want some fun throw SHADE OF JADE in there.

    You gonna do tags too?
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  6. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    Giant Steps
    Played Twice
    Stolen Moments
    Take Five

    Goodbye Porkpie Hat
    A Remark You Made

    Speaking practically I'd also be looking at various dance grooves -- mambo, foxtrot, straight waltz vs jazz waltz, chacha, samba, and blues, blues, blues.
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  7. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    + Footprints and Little Sunflower
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    Feb 18, 2016
    Haitian Fight Song
    So Long Eric
  9. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    - Song for My Father/Josie Don't Lose That Number

    - Green Dolphin Street

    - Chameleon

    - "The Lick"
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  10. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member

    "Ricky...", you have some 'splaining to do!
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  11. Radio


    Jan 8, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    I wasn't going to mention Autumn Leaves, except there is a Ray Brown version that it killer. I'll have to find it again.
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  12. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA

    Oh...Rikki, Josie, Aja, Rose, Katy, Janie, Abbie, Pixeleen, Gina.

    If you've met one Steely Dan muse, you've met them all! :woot:
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  13. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    All The Things You Are

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016
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  14. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Exactly, and i'd add especially Star Eyes. As far as others, Giant Steps was mentioned, i always make sure students play that whole step line that PC plays (and that Steve Davis plays more expansively on But Not For Me, Satellite and 26-2, among others). Another big one in this neck of the woods is KD's Short Story and the intro figure that Richard Davis plays, as well as the coda, which is really it's own (amazing) tune in and of itself
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  15. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member

    OK - I confess - I don't have this one in my quiver:
    Thanks for draining another few inches out of my pool of self-esteem, Michael!
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  16. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
  17. bassfiddlesteve

    bassfiddlesteve Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Nica's Dream
    Seven Steps To Heaven
    500 Miles High

    - Steve
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  18. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    Oh yeah, Manteca
  19. bassfiddlesteve

    bassfiddlesteve Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
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