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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by de la mocha, Mar 20, 2006.
^^^^^^ I got this off the net, that's not me talking...... LOL!
A great player for sure!!!! Thanks for the thread.
Great player, far better than Noel IMO.
far better than Noel indeed, although I like the Experience Albums with Noel better than the Band of Gypsies album.
I saw Billy with Band Of Gypsys at the Fillmore when I was fourteen, it probably set my destiny!
Very underappreciated bassist. What Noel Redding did with JHE was interesting, but Billy is and has always been a "Bass Player". I'm still enthused by the lock Billy/Buddy produced on the BoG shows. That's as tight as it gets.
Billy could really drive a tune. A lot of the later recordings had great Jamerson-esque bass work...he was a good match for what Jimi was writing at the time. The live stuff with him & Mitch Mitchell is the best IMO.
don`t know why
but i`ve special affection for Noel (I really cry when i found out that he pass), and i could`t apreciate Billy`s playing cause he was "the new one"...
anyway, billy is better, but noel is my man for jimi
PS: please forgive my english, i speak really bad, and also didn`t sleep last night...
My Oh My I would of loved to have been there and have been in your shoes Loved Billys playing and Noels as well both had their roles with jimi and were solid as hell.
Billy totally locked down the bottom in Band of Gypsies! Probably my fav JH album. Great that he's still in the game
man, billy cox is the deal! i used to listen to Band of Gypsies all night, really funky stuff coming out from buddy miles/billy cox.
A major influence in my playing.
IMO, every young bassist should learn the entire original BoG.
My first live show, I was ten, Jimi Hendrix with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell.
Blew my mind.
I was to young to know.
Still 36 years later, one of the best show I've ever seen.
Hendrix had an larger than life stage pressence.
Like, Miles, Jaco, Otis Redding, Led Zepplin.
One of a kind.
As a Hendrix fan I must say that I prefer Noel as his bass player. I do cried too when knew that he died. Billy Cox is a huge, very funky player and his work with BoG was beautiful.
There's nothing I can add, except to say that Billy's playing on the Band of Gypsys album was a huge inspiration when I was learning to play bass.
When I first started listening to JHE (Jimi Hendrix is pretty much my all time favorite musician) Noel was a favorite bassist of mine. It was pretty much Hendrix though cause he wrote all the basslines. He badly wanted guys around him who could carry on by themself and improvise. Towards the end of Noel being with Hendrix . Noel was becoming a great bassist and could improvise and solo very well. When Billy Cox came into the picture he brought his own ideas and his own basslines. Hendrix and him had so much fun you can really see the fun with BoG. To bad Hendrix's managment got in the way with things or he couldve done some amazing albums with some amazing musicians (Miles , The Brecker Brothers , Funk Brothers, gil Evens to name a few)
My main influence. And I prefer their last configuration, with Mitch on drums.
No, not a law firm, but by far my favorite Hendrix configuration! Don't know if I'd dig Mitchell in other contexts, but his energy was a nice counterpoint to Hendrix. That said, Band of Gypsies remains my favorite Hendrix album, with "Machine Gun" being one of the greatest tracks by anyone, anywhere, anytime. I'm jealous of all who attended that concert!
Jimi's favorite too, Mitch and Billy.
Billy Cox is amazing! He had a definate impact on me as a player. He actually lives here in nashville. I got his autograph years ago. His lines are so tasteful and are much better than Noel's IMHO.