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Kai Eckhardt, one of the greats

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Arjank, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    Any admirers of Mr Eckhardt here on TB?
    The live album with John Mclaughlin from 1989 is still amazing after all these years. Here's some live footage (part 3/6)
  2. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    i love his playin...so tasteful...the video with him and jonathan herrera is great....
  3. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    While I can't say I'm a huge fan (simply because I'm not aware of enough of his work) I definitely like what I've heard!
  4. Johnius


    Dec 5, 2007
    I find him to be one of the most musically interesting players out there today. So much so that I signed up for his mentorship program. I didn't make the full 108 days with only 12 days off so I had to resign, but he was very helpful and definitely delivered what I paid for. I really dig his work with Garaj Mahal.
  5. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    I love Kai's playing, a local Berkeley guy. I most enjoyed him when he played with Alex Machecek and Marco Minneman, mind blowing. I've seen him with Garaj Mahal and with his own band as well. Seems like a very nice guy as well.
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I mixed a killer Garaj Mahal show several years ago at a friend of a friend's wedding. Good times, and Kai's a very cool guy.
  7. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    Yeah Kai is great, back in the 80's he sounded a bit like a Stanley/Jaco hybrid. Combining the slap/pop flurry's of Stan and the melodic lines of Jaco, best of both worlds.
    I'm definitely gonna check out some Garaj Mahal stuff!
  8. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    I'm a pretty big fan too. I got into Garaj Mahal a few years ago and have been digging everything that I've heard him on. Great player with a lot of cool stuff to say with his bass.
  9. M Sterling

    M Sterling Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Love Kai Eckhardt's playing, My band opened for Garaj Mahal a few years ago, they were awesome to hang with and played an amazing show.
  10. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I was lucky to take lessons with Kai for a couple of months a few years ago. I'm still working on some of the stuff I learned. I ran into him a couple of months ago and he still remembered my first and last name.

    Stay Brown,
    Rev J
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I've been following and digging his playing since Vital Information and he was known as Kai Eckhardt-Karpeh. Always great!
  12. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    yes, yes he is awesome. In addition to the great work he's done with Garaj Mahal, he recently did some terrific playing with a trio led by pianist Ken Berman and also featuring drummer Akira Tana. It was nice hearing his electric bass in an otherwise acoustic context - some very nice tonalities -- Ken Berman Trio, Looking Forward
  13. A deep SPIRIT for sure.... great player, educator and above all, great human being...
  14. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    For all us bassists I think one needs to have "John McLaughlin Trio - Live at the Royal festical 1989". Eckhardt's playing is smooth&raw and melodic&rythmic at the same time.
    Example of the recording is here
  15. bottomzone


    Oct 21, 2005
    Oh yeah!!! Kai is very sick and very cool!!!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:

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