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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by funkifiedsoul, Apr 20, 2021.
Tribute to Paul Jackson, with Chris Potter, gotta love it.
That video was great! It’s so easy to forget how well he grooves on simple bass lines. I have been lucky enough to work with John and some of the other musicians heard in the video a few times doing sound, he is not just a monster musician but a super humble, very nice guy. They all are. And John’s wife is a great cellist.
Couldn't agree more, re: his musicianship and character.
Congrats on working with the finest, great memories to have.
Thanks, I was in over my head for sure, but learned a ton and everything went ok. He asked me if it was ok if we used his mic on his upright, which was a Neumann, and of course that was ok. The whole time he kept checking in with me to make sure he was giving me what I needed (he was!). That was a great lesson for me in humility and how to treat others. It’s not a mystery why he works constantly and why that work makes so many people smile.
That is a great tribute because it really captures that Headhunters vibe. Paul Jackson, and especially Paul Jackson and Mike Clark, are nearly impossible to copy. As a great as Pattitucci is, and he is truly one of the greatest ever, he treads lightly on trying to sound too much like Jackson.
I agree Dr. Cheese, John is wise, and Paul Jackson was a unique groove powerhouse.
p.s. check the cool move John makes at exactly 3:30 (start before) and how Chris Potter immediately gently quotes John's line.
I will check it out again.
Anybody who's album that's going to be on?
That sounds so cool. Patitucci sounds good on anything, what a player and a great guy too.
I wish I knew!
yeah, I was gonna say it's a very oblique reference to Paul Jackson; Pattitucci isn't really doing a great job of copying PJ, it's more like he's making an homage by tangentially referring to something PJ might have played
I listen to ‘Thrust’ a lot, and my self-taught, non-pedagogical musician brain hears it as Paul being another percussion instrument playing with, against, inside of Mike Clark’s bizarre drumming.
It’s not the notes/patterns/style that singular players like Paul emit. That can be analyzed/learned in some ways ... it’s that a musician would come up with that stuff in the first place, and execute it so flawlessly on record.
Because of that last part, and this clip exemplifies it, that headspace/approach/combination of players that originated ‘the thing’ is almost impossible to replicate.
I try to get just a smidge of it.
I think most Paul Jackson inspired performances end up copying his Precision with rounds tone and playing a few licks that Jackson might have played. The actual Paul Jackson style left the world with Mr. Jackson.
Having ‘a thing’: so much more difficult/rare than just being proficient at an instrument, which is hard enough for one lifetime.
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