Thomas Morgan

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by devnulljp, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Just stumbled upon this recording of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan. Man, this guy's playing has such a lovely feel to it.
    I don't know anything else about him, but the guy has fantastic chops & tone.

  2. LushPuppy

    LushPuppy Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2016
    Yeah he’s one of my favs for sure! Amazing tone and harmonic content. Check out his stuff with Jakob Bro, and Frisell’s trio w/ him.
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  3. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    One of my favorite players. He has a very zen approach. He makes those Superflexible solo strings sound like gut with his touch. I saw him in a recent video and zoomed in on his settings on a Markbass amp (probably the house amp):

    Bass off
    Low Mid 10am
    Hi Mid 9am
    Treble off

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  4. Off means center? (Noon)
  5. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    No, 0 bass, no bass, bass completely off
  6. BobDeRosa

    BobDeRosa Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 16, 2012
    Finger Lakes area of New York State
    Owner, Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps
    That seems strange. Was it clear that he was actually playing through that amp or could it have just been sitting there and he was going direct into a board?
  7. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    Seemed like he was playing through it. Not so strange to me - I have turned the bass almost completely off on certain amps in order to get a natural sound with my very bassy bass. He was using the Lifeline which is a pretty bass heavy pickup.
  8. Decomposer

    Decomposer Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Thomas is a master. I've got an extra set os Superflexible solos I will put int the TB classifieds later today.
  9. buckthorn


    Jun 21, 2013
    Black Earth, WI
    I've just recently found some of his trio and duo recordings with Frisell. Love his playing. These two have a great telepathy thing going on. Zen indeed!
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  10. Fat bob

    Fat bob

    Jan 14, 2013
    thank you for posting this Earl!! Despite my broken leg, I made it to a gig to this past weekend and didn’t want to fool with anything extra for the schlep- just pulled the markbass outta the trunk- usually unhappy with the sound. I thought of this quote and it gave me the confidence to turn the bass Down :laugh:, maybe not all the way, but… No Felix, no hpf.. sounded great, and so simple!
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  11. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    Cool! In my experience most piezo pickups overemphasize the bass response of the instrument, hence the need for an HPF or just turning the bass down. This will of course depend on the bass as well. My 7/8 Juzek has a strong low end so without an HPF I usually start with the bass almost off and increase from there until it sounds right. My Shen ply always needs more bass than the Juzek.
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