Identify this type of bass line?

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Tom Lane, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    I like the groove of this tune and have been analyzing it to find out why. Listening carefully to the bass line it sounds like a style I haven't heard before. They don't let me out much... The drummer is playing a straight-8th, bossa kind of sound, the melody players aren't swinging, and the bassist seems to be playing the last 3 eighths before beat 1 a lot. Like: 1 - 3 & 4 & 1. Have you heard this type of thing before? and if, so, where? What would you call it?

    When You Wish Upon a Star - Bob Russell Trio
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I would call it super busy tumbao.

  3. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks. I see the similarity. I like yours better; not so much reliance on 5ths.
  4. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    The bass seems to be playing: dotted-quarter then eighth-note tied to a quarter (and then 2 eighth-notes) as the basic pulse.
    The tempo suggests Samba, but the bassist is not landing on beat 3 (he's on the "and of 2").
    Not sure what to call it - "North American Jazzy Samba-ish Latin"?
    My $0.03.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2016
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  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Here's another similar line, particularly at 1:22.

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  6. Hey guys awsume bit of music
    I am no major in music ,
    But it really seemed like he was improvising and run up down the neck
    I think the timing changed
    Great bit of music
  7. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2010

    A busy latin 2 feel?
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