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Percy Jones Interview

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Hopper, Mar 11, 2016.


  1. Hopper

    Hopper

    Sep 24, 2008
    London
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  2. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I love this quote from the interview:
    "The Guys I play with view the Grammys like looking into another Universe. It seems littered with entrepreneurs who sing and sell sneakers or whatever as a sideline."
     
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  3. A shame that some (even to this day) think Mr. Jones is derivative of Pastorius - as a young player, I was greatly attracted to Percy's playing because he used a fretless instrument like Jaco, yet had his own tone and a complete approach. I thought at the time that there might be hope for a mediocrity like myself to have an original sound someday, using the same instrument as these far more accomplished players.
    I daresay Jones explored the possibilities of the fretless bass more thoroughly than Jaco, this being likely due to the crippling effects of fame and other issues that factored so heavily in Jaco's later career, reducing his innovative playing to what Zawinul later dismissed as 'circus tricks'.
     
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  4. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    ^^The same argument could be made about Mick Karn. It seems like all you have to do is play fretless to be compared to Jaco.

    C/S,
    Rev J
     
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  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Percy and Alphonso Johnson are my big influences on fretless. His approach was far more adventurous than most others IMO and I still dig the fun aspect of the instrument that he always seemed to exhibit. Out of the box in a good way.
     
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  6. I listen to a lot of vintage Brand X these days.... I really don't think he sounds anything like Jaco at all. Just because its fretless....
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I think favoring the bridge pickup also made many put the Jaco clone label on Percy Jones.
    Alphonso Johnson did not use that sound, and he never suffered from the clone label (the fact he was internationally known before Jaco helped too!:smug:)
     
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  8. Hopper

    Hopper

    Sep 24, 2008
    London
    Although he hasn't used that sound for some years now - but yes, people forget about Alphonso Johnson's contribution to fretless playing
     
  9. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    One of the guys in one of my wedding bands plays with him (just read the article, it's Chris, the saxophonist, I didn't know he was mentioned), andhe told me he's quite brilliant (in an intellectual sense, not just musically) and does something involved with physics or engineering for his main living. Next time I see him I'll have to ask again.
     
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Jaco is great, no doubt about it, but because in the way in which he died he has become elevated to some degree. I refer to it as the Kennedy effect. I know I'll get flack for this, but to me Jaco is a bit, dare I say, overrated. Percy Jones has always been one of my favorites and I am kicking myself for missing Brand X playing in Sellersville last Friday January 6, 2016. Alphonso Johnson and Ralphe Armstrong are also two other of my favorite fretless players besides Colin Bass and Richard Sinclair and even Jack Bruce in his later days with his Warwick. I always felt that Jaco did too much "Myuah" sound to the point of it being borderline gimmick. Check out the Brand X albums "Livestock" and "Masques". Percy's "Malaga Virgen" on "Livestock" and title track on the "Masques" album are prime examples of his awesome fretless playing. One at 200 MPH and the other just drifting down a stream.

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  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    I just saw a youtube vid of Alphonso playing a Warwick Alien Fretless A/E Bass that is pretty recent.
     
  12. jn14211

    jn14211

    Jan 26, 2017
    INW
    Percy Jones is certainly the first name that comes to my mind when the term 'fretless bass player' is mentioned.
     
  13. Les Ismoor

    Les Ismoor Masochist of the First Order

    Sep 10, 2015
    SW Ohio
    I first saw and met Percy Jones in the late '70s at a Brand X show, and he was playing fretless P. I went out and bought one a couple of days later, and never stopped playing fretless (although never as well as Percy, to be sure).
     
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  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I like this question from the interview:

    "KH. You’re inclined towards odd, stumbling, rhythms, often evident in the more minimal sections of your music. I can hear you fishing around on a root note, initiating triplets at the start and end of phrases, sliding around, popping and stretching harmonics. Rhythmically it can resemble something a hand-percussionist (a tabla player, for instance) might do. At it’s most extreme it’s like the sonic equivalent of cartoon creature bumbling along with an odd walk, occasional letting out birdcalls, or something. Do you accept there is a comic dimension to your playing?".
     
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  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
     
  16. jn14211

    jn14211

    Jan 26, 2017
    INW
    We accept that reality, however, we can't help ourselves, we think in a 'comic dimension'.
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Percy is one of the most inventive bassists around IMO... he doesn't just color outside of the lines, he threw away the book.
    :D
     
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  18. jn14211

    jn14211

    Jan 26, 2017
    INW
    like yesterday's newspaper
     

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