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Jazz and Blues anyone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the_majik_bum, Feb 17, 2002.


  1. the_majik_bum

    the_majik_bum

    Jan 27, 2002
    Hello,

    I am sad to say that for the past couple of years I've grown up on Nu-metal:eek: , but since I've started playing bass I've somewhat gotten into other types of music, like a little blues and other kinds of metal, but as my bass playing grows, I want to expand my horizons on the music I lisen to. I can tell in TB that many of you lisen to jazz, and probably some blues also, my question is is what would be some awsome artists/albums/songs to start listening to in those two genres(jazz, blues)? Secondly, I want some jazz and blues that really have a groove to it, with cool bass lines, that can give me ideas in writing my own songs.

    thanks
     
  2. Shumph

    Shumph

    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    Jazz
    Miles Davis -- "kind of blue" is awesome
    Cannonball adderly, john coletrane are excellent
    stan getz

    Blues
    johhny "guitar" watson
    leadbelly
    eddie "clean head" vinson
    john mayhall
    buddy guy

    These are good places to start. I especially recomend Kind of Blue by miles davis.


    S
     
  3. Blues -

    The Blues Brothers
    John Lee Hooker
    BB King
    Muddy Waters
    Cream
    Jimi Hendrix
     
  4. JimM

    JimM

    Jan 13, 2000
    Northern California
    "Alive and Well' or "Completely Well" by BB King,whichever one has Jerrold Jemmott playing bass.

    Also Junior Wells,a harmonica player.

    One thing about blues is they usually mix the bass in nice and loud.
     
  5. Yeah!

    Playing bass gives you a new angle into music and expands you horizons.

    Both blues and jazz are enormous fields, with much variety in them. You'll have to listen around a lot. Both genres have accessible and 'inaccessible' examples in them. Here's some blues albums that in my opinion are easily and immediately accessible for someone getting into it for the first time!

    John Mayall's 'Bluesbreakers' album
    Stevie Ray Vaughan "Texas Flood"
    Robben Ford "Mystic Mile" (the bass playing is exquisite!)
    Eric Clapton "From the Cradle"
    Taj Mahal "Taj Mahal"
    BB King and Eric Clapton "Riding with the King"
    The Blues Brothers album.

    Take these as a stepping stone and then dig in further.
     
  6. you can search on www.allmusic.com to get more info in the artists listed.

    To blues I will add Roy Buchanan
     
  7. I started listening to all sorts of music after I started playing the bass too. I don't have any jazz for you, but I do have an awesome blues album. "Unplugged" by Eric Clapton. It's a live unplugged recording of him and while it's centered on the guitar more than the bass, it's just a great album.
     
  8. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Jazz
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather (Duh!)

    Jaco Pastorius - "Jaco Pastorius", The Birthday Album

    Charles Mingus - Ah um

    Count Basie

    Benny Goodman

    Cannonball Adderley

    Louis Armstrong

    John Birks "Dizzy" Gilespie

    Charlie Parker

    Blues
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Buddy Guy
    Otis Rush
    Lonnie Johnson
    B. B. King
    Muddy Waters
    Little Walter
    Howlin' Wolf
    Albert Collins
    Bobby Bland
    Clarence Brown
    Lightnin' Slim
    John Lee Hooker
    Lightnin' Hopkins
    Loius Jordan


    Also if you want to get serious about playing Jazz buy "The New Real Book" from Sher Co.
    (Not Halleneord) It is the international standard for jazz charts.
     
  9. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Miscellaneous.
     
  10. I started out with ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn stuff, for blues. but anything like that will work. exeriment, i picked up Mel Bays Beginning Blues book and that has the walkin patterns, chords, progressions, etc. in it, and examples from bands so thats also a good starter. good luck
     
  11. JimM

    JimM

    Jan 13, 2000
    Northern California
    Jazzbo is losing his touch,it took him eight posts to move this one(snicker)

    Back to the subject...

    Don't forget T-Bone Walker,Albert King,Freddy King,Albert Collins.

    Sorry I don't know any Jazz Guys.

    Then there's the "sibling" of the Blues,"Gospel".Very similar in structure to Blues,and also a good source of "horizon expanding" sounds.Such as Marion Williams,Dorothy Love Coates,Mahalia Jackson,The Golden Gate Quartet,Reverend Gary Davis.