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Seinfeld Theme - Bassplayer?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gfab333, May 6, 2001.


  1. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Who's the guy? Anybody know?

    On one hand, that bass sounds like a Jazz bass with a brand new set of round wound strings; on the other hand, it sounds like a funky keyboard player with a great sampled bass patch.

    I bet somebody out there actually knows the story on this.
     
  2. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I don't know the particulars, but it IS a keyboard. I don't know who's behind this lick...and this should be in recordings, not basses...
     
  3. ka-tet

    ka-tet

    May 2, 2000
    It's jonathan wolfe playing a keyboard. He was the musical director on The Arsenio Hall show.
     
  4. maxvalentino

    maxvalentino Endorsing Artist Godin Guitars/ Thomastik-Infeld

    yes it is a keyboard....but it is not a synth bass sound. It is actually vocal samples pitched down and filtered. Back when Seinfeld was in production I remember seeing an interview piece with whoever the guy was (don't remember his name, but it was not Jonathan Wolfe...) Yep Vocal samples mangled and spewed back out (some even backwards!)
    Max
     
  5. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Actually I heard his name was Roland. :)


    (Get it? heh heh.... ~ahem~)
     
  6. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    In Bass Player Magazine's 10th Anniversary issue, in the article "Will Lee's 10 Favorite TV Themes That Feature Cool Bass Lines", Jonathan Wolf is credited with the Seinfeld theme.
     
  7. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Just out of curiosity, what were the others? I'll be one of them was Barney Miller. That was a great line.
     

  8. thats funny, i heard his name was KORG.


    :D
     
  9. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    10. Northern Exposure (David Schwartz)
    09. Barretta, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" (Chuck Rainey)
    08. S.W.A.T. (Scott Edwards)
    07. Fat Albert (Unknown)
    06. Seinfeld (Jonathan Wolf)
    05. Ironsides (Chuck Rainey)
    04. Sanford & Son (Chuck Rainey)
    03. Courageous Cat (Unknown)
    02. Barney Miller (Jim Hughart)
    01. Peter Gun (Unknown)
     
  10. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Man, the Theme from Peter Gunn was one of the first riffs I learned. Classic.
     
  11. td1368

    td1368

    Jan 9, 2001
    Philadelphia
    I'm pretty sure Henry Mancini composed Peter Gunn. Ditto. It was one of the first bass lines I learned.
     
  12. td1368

    td1368

    Jan 9, 2001
    Philadelphia
    Here is some info I looked up


    Composer/conductor/arranger Henry
    Mancini was one of the most versatile
    talents in music. The Mancini name,
    synonymous not only with great
    motion picture and television music,
    but with fine recordings and

    Whether it be a complete score or a featured song, Mancini lent his talents to
    many memorable films including Victor/Victoria, The Glass Menagerie, The Pink
    Panther, 10 Darling Lilli, Arabesque, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari
    and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    He also wrote for a number of television films including "The Thorn Birds," and
    "The Shadow Box," as well as television themes including "Peter Gunn," "Mr.
    Lucky," "NBC News Election Night Coverage," "Newhart," "Remington Steele,"
    and "Hotel."
     
  13. lesadam911

    lesadam911

    Sep 16, 2009
  14. Johnny StingRay

    Johnny StingRay

    Nov 24, 2006
    Bill Cosby's "Hikky Burr" by Carol Kaye not on the list???
     
  15. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    Jonathan Wolfe - Seinfeld theme

    Michael Wolff - Arsenio Hall MD and keyboardist
     
  16. MarTONEbass

    MarTONEbass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    Neither is the Night Court theme, that has a great bass hook!
     
  17. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    Because it's not one of Will Lee's favorites?
     
  18. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    And 11 years later...

    Not familiar with any of those shows/themes apart from Seinfeld and Northern Exposure, which is still one of my favourite TV shows of all time. If I ever get me a fretless, that's what I'll be playing on it.
     
  19. levis76

    levis76 Seconds from getting ba...

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    This 11 year old post has been dug up and returned to life!!

    [​IMG]

    Nice job on the YouTube clip, some of the cleanest non-pro slapping I have ever heard.
     
  20. scottgedwards

    scottgedwards

    Apr 14, 2006
    Hello Friends. I played on the record version of Theme From Swat with Rhythm Heritage. To my understanding the TV show Swat was played by "The James Jamerson". Hope this helps. Later.