Must have CD recomedations

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by AxtoOx, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I'm a rocker wanting to expand my horizons. I'd like some suggestions for Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Jaco and anyone else that seems to fit this mold.
  2. This is totally outside what I think you really want, but I have two recommendations:

    1) Swingin' For the Fences by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

    This is an album that I can't help but put on often and listen to loudly. The bass playing is excellent on this disc.

    2) Give by The Bad Plus

    Alright, they have a new album, but I haven't heard it. Yet. This band rocks in such a uniquely weird way. I think everyone should hear them, although I think most people won't like it.

    Those are two must-haves in my opinion, and I think they could definitely help you expand your horizons. I know that Marcus Miller's M^2 is pretty popular for bass virtuoso music, and I have liked what I have heard from it.
  3. Incubus--Fungus Amongus. Awesome CD, a little funk, a little rock, lots of great basslines (both slap and fingerstyle).

    Jaco Pastorius---His self titled CD is a landmark in the history of Bass guitar. Also check out his CD called Word of Mouth.

    Weather Report---Jaco played bass for them on a bunch of albums. Check out the CD's called Heavy Weather, 8:30 (live recording), and Night Passage. Just my personal favorites.

    Victor Wooten---Personally, I prefer the stuff he did with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones to his own solo music. Check out the Flecktones albums Flight of the Cosmic Hippo, Live Art, and Live At The Quik (DVD is also available). Both are great.
  4. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    Didn't Stanley Clarke (who I forgot to mention) also play w/ Weather Report some?
  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    The "Live At The Quick" DVD is a must. Awesome show! From Vic, I'd also recommend his first solo album "A Show Of Hands". Many people think that it's a wankfest, but it's very musical IMO. "More Love", as recorded in that album, is one of the most beautiful and tasty compositions I've heard for the bass guitar.
  6. YES. I forgot about that one. The album is full of over-the-top bass playing, but at times it can be extremely tasteful and quite beautiful. Some of his best stuff is one that album. More Love is gorgeous, and the song You Can't Hold No Groove is great. Check out Wootens performance from his Bass Day 98 DVD (they have a DVD of JUST his performance and one with bits and pieces of everyones stuff, get the one with JUST Wootens set). On the DVD, he plays You Can't Hold No Groove, but he does it with a drummer. It's amazing, just absolutely amazing.

    BTW Alvaro--Were you as confused as me when that Chinese guy started "singing"? :meh:
    The Indian guy on percussion was awesome though:)
  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Not really because I've already read about that "throat singing" but never heard it. When he started, I said to myself "aahh... so that's it". It was pretty interesting to me.

    One thing that keeps me watching that DVD in slow motion is Vic's "Smooth Criminal" show. Still can't believe that such thing is humanly possible.
  8. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
    I would recommend the following:

    Michael Manring - Soliloquy
    Vital Information - Fiagiaga
    Victor Wooten - A Show of Hands (+1 with Alvaro)
    Jeff Berlin - Crossroads (a compiliaton of Pump It and Champion)
    Steely Dan - Royal Scam and Aja
    Kansas - Best of Kansas
    Stanley Clarke - If This Bass Could Only Talk

    There are many, many others.
  9. Don't think so. The only other bassist I know of that played with WR is Alphonso Johnson. Stanley played with Return To Forever, but I don't think he was ever in Weather Report.

    Although it was wierd, that "throat singing" was pretty interesting I guess. I still don't understand how the hell he made those sounds come from his own throat.

    And that "smooth criminal"....uuuhhh..whatchu talkin bout? Is that the thing he did when he like leaned over reeeeeaaaallllyyy far while still standing on two feet? I remember seeing him at one point lean over, while standing on both feet, until his body was at like a 40 degree angle to the floor. Amazing, if that's what you mean.
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Exactly. I called it like that because the "Smooth Criminal" video made that thing famous.
  11. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    My opinion is that one who only listens to one form of music cannot "expand their mind."

    Here are some albums that blew my mind:

    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History (or anything by them) Link

    Ephel Duath - Painter's Palette Link

    Miles Davis - Pangaea. Kind of Blue is his most well known work, akin to Pink Floyd and The Wall. Pangaea is akin to Pink Floyd's Animals, as it is some of his best work and it is definitely my favorite of his fusion releases.

    All have great bass playing that fit the music. I urge anyone to check out these three releases.

  12. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    Actually, I listen to a pretty wide range of music. From Suzanne Vega and Carole King to A/C D/C and Anthrax. I just don't have any Jazz, unless you count Steely Dan.

    On a side note, I think the Fixx has a petty goog bassist. I'd have to look up his name.
  13. +1 on pangaea and ephel duath. madness. in the beset possible way. :)
  14. sricabla


    Jul 4, 2003
    San Francisco
    Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters w/ Paul Jackson


    Best funk bass playing without the slap!
  15. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    *cough* Miroslav Vitous and Victor Bailey *cough*
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