NAMM Duet featuring Michael League

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  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    Michael League is certainly his own man. His approach seems pretty unique to me.
     
  2. that's a song what he's playing, I'm trying to remember what it is. great soloing skills by league, love his stuff with snarky puppy.
     
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  3. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I'm all in when it comes to Michael League!
    He is absolutely brilliant!

    I also have to show Wesley Stephenson some love.
    He is also a monster player capable of playing any style of music from gospel to jazz fusion!
     
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  4. BBQisgood

    BBQisgood

    Feb 24, 2016
    Yup. He's in a league of his own.
     
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  5. 20000 leagues under the sea of bassists
     
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  6. BBQisgood

    BBQisgood

    Feb 24, 2016


    Here he is with Cory Henry

    9:00 to 10:00 has one of my favorite keyboard solos of all time.

    The audience is totally cool, too.
     
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  7. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    IMO, Michael League is the jazz fusion version of Marcus Miller!

    He is multi-talented (bassist, producer, etc...), and controls all aspects of his incredible shows.
     
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I know what you are saying, but Marcus Miller would likely say he is the Jazz Fusion version of Marcus Miller since one of his earliest big gigs was Miles Davis.:D
     
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is one fantastic performance! That whole band is wonderful. Michael League makes me wish a P-bass and flats was my sound, but I know it isn't.

    I just love the way he gets the music out of his bass. He is proof that instruments don't have limitations, musicians have limitations and blame their gear! Of course, musians can also have ideas that cannot be executed in some too, that is why there multistring and fretless bass.

    League has also been in the vanguard of white bassists who have really studied Urban Gospel and have used that feel to enhance their music. Michael League is just impressive any way you look at his body of work.
     
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  10. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Marcus is the Marcus Miller of just about everything! :D;)
     
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  11. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Dr. Cheese, check out my new avatar? Coming from Marcus' number one fan! ;)
     
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  12. fusionguy

    fusionguy

    Aug 21, 2014
    Marcus IS a jazz fusion version of Marcus.

    League is solid and seems nice enough but he's a long way from Marcus' heights.

    And yes I've seen League several times live.

    I have to admit I find Snarky Puppy a little baffling considering all the fusion heavyweights around.

    They seem like the diet fusion group to me for people who missed out on the Brecker Brothers, Stern, Tribal Tech (Willis rules), Cobham's bands, Marcus, Miles, Scofield, Sixun, Zawinul, Steve Gadd's bands, John McLaughlin's bands, Wayne Krantz etc
     
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  13. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I never said he was on Marcus' level or reached his heights. So many bassists struggling for work, and Michael League, like Marcus Miller, has carved his own niche. That is undeniable and should not be minimized!
     
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  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    A big part of Fusion was young guys with a lot of chops who liked rock and funk. About half of the time they couldn't make up their minds if they wanted to shred or score a crossover hit. Snarky Puppy takes it down a few notches and develops compositions for there own worth, not as a showcase for chops.
     
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  15. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    During an interview Michael League acknowledged that a lot of guys can blow him away chops wise. However, he is also smart enough to know that great music and musicality isn't defined by who has superior chops!

    It's his musicality that makes him a great musician and Snarky Puppy successful!
    Like Marcus, it's his brilliance that allows other musicians to have steady work with Sparky Puppy and branch off to do their own projects.
     
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  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Hey, knowing how use your tools is the name of the game. It worked for Miles Davis just fine. He was not fastest or played the highest notes.
     
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  17. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Dr. Cheese, we are on the same page! Great analogy! :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Maybe just more accessible....?
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings

    There were two versions of Miles... the earlier one could hang with the best of them. The latter took a more stripped down approach. Same guy.
    :D
     
  20. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Brad, please explain in detail, I love your analogies.
     
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