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MeShell and David Dyson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by morebass!, Jan 6, 2012.


  1. morebass!

    morebass! I'm all ears Supporting Member

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    2 of the nastiest and funky bassists of our time! The groove at the end is just frikkin' insane!
     
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    :cool:THAT WAS NASTAAY!!! :hyper:
     
  4. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Nice clips! I was lucky enough to see a tour with that band. It was funny, Dyson played for quite a while. But when Meshell picked up the bass, it was an ENTIRELY different thing... massive groove, and a fat, meaty sound versus David's kind of modern thing. Their tone is a bit more similar on this clip, but there was just a massive difference live. I remember my wife going 'whoa' when she picked up the bass to play... like 'what the heck is THIS'!

    It was literally shocking how much groove she had. It was like a totally different band.
     
  5. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Keyboardist ain't too shabby either! Killer band all around!
     
  7. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    absolutely.
    But still...that Gene Lake is fantastic...goes for when he played with steve coleman and all those others too.

    A fantastic musician and drummer from what I've heard.
     
  8. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    lmao,...

    my son was like, "is that Beyonce's bass player"?!!

    <giggles>
     
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Ha! Beyonce's bass player is good but Me'Shell would lay waste to her!
     
  10. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I love the part at 1:32 when Dyson plays the wrong line. :)
     
  11. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    that's exactly what i told him and he said, "DAMN,.. that old lady can play"!!!

    i was crackin' up!
     
  12. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    ...another fine drummer, his brother and a couple of bassists...
     
  13. StayLow

    StayLow

    Mar 14, 2008
    Thanks. That ruled!

    Took lessons from Dyson years ago, was just lookin' him up. Checking his site ... he's backing karaoke at a casino twice weekly. ####. Great lesson for the many who think the life of a top pro is all world tours, glamour and big buck$.
     
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  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If he is getting paid, it's professional work.
     
  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    MeShell in the 1990s was an incredible funk generator! I don't think I will ever hear a funkier bassist, or a funkier band. David Dyson was her perfect bassist, he really was true to her vision.
     
  16. StayLow

    StayLow

    Mar 14, 2008
    Agreed. I wasn't knocking him or the work. Not at all. A gig's a gig! I know this personally, having played one week in headliners to 20000+ and the following week to less than 100 none of whom could bother to glance at the stage.

    My point was that the vast majority of people are delusional about what it means to be a professional musician, or to occasionally occupy a big stage with a big name. For one thing, the pay is usually about the same either way - scale - and for another these people think, as is evidenced constantly on this site and similar others, that these cats are breaking the bank just because we've heard of them. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this simply struck me as a stark object lesson in that fact.

    Truth is that if you're not teaching music or have some other regular day gig, or had the good luck to have co-writing credit on some hits, you're probably not living well, or even coming out much ahead over time, even if you're at times backing international names.
     
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  17. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Absolutely bad ass.
     
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I got your point, StayLow!
     
  19. StayLow

    StayLow

    Mar 14, 2008
    ^ OK, great. Last thing I'd want is the appearance of slagging a respected pro or a steady paying gig. Now clarified for others who may not get the point.

    Bump for awesome video.
     

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