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Percy Jones is a helluva bassist!

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by IAMERICCOCHRANE, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. I just recently heard his work with Brand X on "Morrocan Roll" and "unorthodox behaviour" and he is just simply amazing. His phrasing and voicing is way out there and he has the harmonic knowledge to match Jaco himself. If you haven't heard him check out the above said CD. If you have, do you know of any other projects he did that you could recommend? Thanks.
  2. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Percy is one of my fav's.
  3. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    He's an amazing bassist. I wish more younger players got into him the way they dig Jaco. They'd be very impressed.
  4. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Percy actually posted here on Talkbass once or twice in Dann Glenn's (spelling?) old forum.
  5. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I have heard some songs, they are very cool. I really need to buy some cd's from amazon.com..
  6. AMAZING PLAYER!!! If you can find his instructional VHS get it. It is REALLY good!!!
  7. chimp


    Dec 4, 2004
    South Africa
    Brilliant player doesnt over do any songs knows just how to make himself a crucial part while giving others thier space!
    Great band in fact love thier stuff!
  8. Percy is great. I have the VHS, but I must say that I didn't get anything out of it. Its cool to watch but has no instruction to it really. I also saw him live earlier this year with Tunnels and he sounded great on some songs and really busy on others.

    I do love his style. Its very abstract one minute and then kinda groovy the next. He is like an alien from another planet! I totally agree on the Jaco comment. Young players should recognize. I got into him when I was 19. To play like Percy is to take a whole different approach to bass. His style is so busy, but it fits the music so well. I really love his use of harmonic slides.

    When I first heard him I changed my entire aresenal to fretless basses. Of course I have changed all that since I got into Stuart Zender. To me Percy will always be one of the most unique bass players of all time.
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    yeah Percy is the bomb... his use of those harmonic slides are hip.

    What is he upto these days?

    Another Brand X album to get is Livestock...

    Y'all realize Phil Collins is playing drums on those Brand X albums? And where there are two drummers has Kenny Dennard joining Phil as well.
  10. bassjamn

    bassjamn Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    San Francisco
    Percy is awesome on those brandx albums, I saw a live video somewhere it was pretty recent. I'll try to find it again.

    does brandx have any recent releases?
  11. I have livestock as well, great stuff

    Phil Collins is a totally different animal in Brand X. I heard his stuff in Genesis and his solo stuff and thought "meh, he's got some pretty catchy beats". Then I heard Brand X and was completely blown away, I thought no way could this be Phil playing. Now definately one of my favorite drummers.
  12. Moroccan Roll and Product are two of my favorite Brand X albums.

    Unlike some fretless bassists, Percy Jones has a style that is very difficult to comprehend and imitate, (believe me I've tried). I can figure out Donna Lee, but there's no way in hell I can figure out what he's doing in the beginning of "Not good enough, see me!" from Product.
  13. Foo-O-Matic


    Aug 10, 2004
    Percy is really cool indeed, his sound is pretty unique...
    you can check his album with Tunnels "Progressivity" - awsome album, experimental and bizzare, just how I like it :)
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I know doesn't even seem llike the same person.
  15. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Percy's current project, Tunnels, records with Buckyball Music, http://www.buckyballmusic.com . There are some sound clips and video clips on the site.