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Jazz trios with bass guitar?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Raudsarw, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Raudsarw


    Feb 26, 2012
    I'm starting a jazz trio with piano and drums. Of course, traditionally you'd see a double bass instead of bass guitar, but I've only held an upright once in my life (Yesterday, in fact). Not as easy as I thought it would be! I'll start practicing double bass at my music school but that will take a while to get up to a decent level. So I'm wondering, are there any great trios with a bass guitar out there?
  2. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Pat Metheney's first album springs to mind.
  3. Nu11nV01D


    Jul 8, 2011
    I don't know if there are any GREAT trios, but I've performed at festivals and things with just a drummer, piano and myself, and I played my bass guitar. You just have to dial in the right sound. I use a passive Fender Jazz with DiMarzio jazz pickups and flatwounds.

    It's doable!
  4. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    I've been getting away with it on and off for about eight years now. Admittedly not a piano trio; the jazz band I play with is violin, guitar and bass guitar.

    Unless your other band members are adamant that you need to sound like someone-in-particular, there's no harm in trying to forge your own sound.
  5. Luv2Pla4U


    Feb 18, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Wes Montgomery's brother, Monk Montgomery backed him up using a Fender Jazz.

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  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    John Scofield's trio with Steve Swallow
  7. I used to play trio and later quartet with Billy Davidow. See his Atlanta Knights trio at his site <www.atlantagrandpianos.com>

    Initially with Billy, I played string bass, but as he used Fender Rhodes as well as grand piano, I coudn't afford a mic, etc.

    I owned a Rickenbacker 4001 electric, so I used mostly used electric bass. I was a rocker working with hard core jazzers. What an experience. We remain friends to this day.

    Jazz trio with electric basss??..YES, YES..YES.
  8. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Michel Camilo w/ Anthony Jackson (among others).
  9. PostFusion


    Aug 2, 2012
    Try Happy Apple, very nice jazz band with an electric bass.
  10. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Headhunters w/Jaco...
  11. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    Trio Of Doom!!!

    Jaco, matheny, and tony.

    Doom indeed
  12. thudfromafar


    Dec 12, 2007
    yup, it's ok.
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Jazz Pistols - German jazz trio with wicked good players.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Good one...Bright Size Life.
    A lotta people also like Standards Zone...a late-period Jaco album with Brian Melvin (drums) & Jon Davis (piano).
  15. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Not jazz, but good fusion - Niacin. Dennis Chambers, John Novello and Billy Sheehan. A great inspiration for the own jazz/fusion trio I'm participating in - we're going for the similar drums-bass-organ approach.
  16. To me the upright is just a more traditional thing. A P or J with flats would work just fine. The upright isn't a must, and like you found out, tougher to play! There is one in my local shop and it makes me look silly everytime I try to play it. :D
  17. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I think it's much harder to make a bass guitar fit in a jazz trio, but if you're really good it's possible. I'm not, so I started learning double bass. ;)

    Good luck!
  18. Hiromi Uehara with Anthony Jackson and Simon Philips.
  19. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Yah, what PACMAN said.