Practical Application for 2 Bassists

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by theworldismad, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. theworldismad


    Oct 11, 2009
    So I came across something odd while I was searching live performances on youtube. While watching John Mayer perform I Don't Trust Myself I saw that John Mayer not only had Pino playing in the live band, but also had another bassist playing along side him. For the life of me I cannot hear what this bassist is being used for besides percussive, trebly pops during the verses. While that is all I can hear him playing it looks like he is playing through the whole song alongside pino. Here is a link, if you can figure what the extra bassist is being used for please let me know.

    Viewing this performance has gotten me interested in how 2 bass players can be used consecutively to enrich a musical performance. I would be very interested to hear TB's input on this subject. Has anyone here seen or been a part of a performance with multiple bassists? What can be done by 2 bassists that cannot be accomplished by just one? (I am more interested in practical approaches, I have been to a wooten show but it seemed like the purpose of having multiple bassists at that gig was to gawk at their chops...)
  2. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Ornette Coleman frequently used 2 bassists (In All Languages, Sound Grammar, etc.), even 3 at one point (Live at Carnegie, 2006). Have a listen.
  3. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    Another bassist, Sean Hurley, plays the groove - "I like playing the roots," admits Sean Hurley

    and Pino is playing "percussive, trebly pops".

    About Sean Hurley - composer, Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright).
  4. theworldismad


    Oct 11, 2009
    Thanks for sharing that, was a great read. I also am aware of Duke Ellington using two bassists in the late 30s but if memory serves me right he hired the one so that the other would quit. I can't find any recordings or articles supporting this but I think I read it somewhere in a Duke fake book...
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999