Riff oriented Bass lines

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by agoya, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. agoya


    Aug 30, 2012
    Hi Folks,
    Do you have an idea what are the oldest songs with riff
    oriented Basslines ?
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018
  2. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Right off the top of my head comes the Toreador Song from Carmen, but that can't possibly be the earliest.
  3. agoya


    Aug 30, 2012
    Looking more like things like
    Watermelone Man and Mercy mercy mercy.....

    Any ideas?
  4. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Creole Love Call.

    In the Mood.

    Pennsylvania 6-5000.

    720 in the Books.

    Johnson Rag.

    One O-clock Jump, Two O-clock Jump, etc.


    Sorry, the earlier repertoire back into the 20s is largely escaping me at the moment, but I think everything I've just listed above predates Watermelon Man or Mercy. I am sure there were popular riff-based tunes before the ones I've listed.
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    keep them coming please, i need to learn some stuff today
  6. The Ellington Blanton Duos (sort of) qualify.
  7. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    If oldest to you is "Mercy Mercy Mercy" and "Watermelon Man", then

    A Night in Tunisia
    So What
    Haitian Fight Song
    Bohemia After Dark

    I would not personally consider those "oldest", though. All relative, I guess.
  8. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    Check out Cold Duck Time.
  9. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Strictly speaking for tunes where the bass line is particularly identifying of the tune, how about Jumpin at the Woodside (1938); Big Noise from Winnetka (1938)? Almost certainly not the oldest, but it's what I can think of right now).

    You know, someone told me the other day that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings! Who knew?