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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 18, 2021.
He was one of the greatest ever. His music is as fresh now as when it was new.
Pictures of the genius at work.
...think I'll spin "Sao Paulo" now.
Still love these type of instrumental tunes by '70s R&B/Rock bands.
I noticed, during the TB blackout, that Bernard's isolated bass track for "Everybody Dance" showed up - I always get a huge kick out of playing along to that.
Along with "I Want Your Love", "Good Times", and "Dance, Dance, Dance" all of which are tattooed on my brain - a constant source of inspiration.
He truly was one of the all time greats.
Can't believe he's been gone that long!
Bernard had a style that was classy and stood out among the rest. He is underrated and his influence was tremendous on so many genres.
Can’t believe he’s been gone so long
Bernard and Jaco were the ones who the fingers on my right going fast when everyone I knew was slap happy!
Perhaps ironically, the technique attributed to him as "chucking" is very similar mechanically to "double thumb" IMHO. Also, let's be honest, he did his fair share of actual popping.
Yes, that is ironic. That said, once I learned he was chucking, I had already developed the speed to play his lines alternating my index and middle fingers, so I never bothered to try chucking.
I guess I did pretty much the same thing as you, and never learned to chuck either. At that time I was purely single thumb whenever I played slap.
Years later I started learning double thumb when I started watching Victor Wooten and Bill Dickens videos. I think I could fake the chucking pretty well with my thumb now, but I would have to work up some of the material as it's still pretty challenging. Also I doubt I have the endurance for sustaining chucking with my thumb as it's not really something I do all the time.
Bernard was only 43 when we lost him in 1996. Way too soon and half a life-time ago.
One of my favourite bassists. Discovering Chic’s C’est Chic and Risqué albums in my mid-to-late teens was one of those turning point moments in my musical life (like when I first really dug into James Brown). I clicked instantly with those records and have been smitten ever since. Nile, Bernard and Tony were the quintessential funk/r&b rhythm section. For me it just doesn’t get any better.
I don’t think it gets any better either.
I can never, ever get enough of Happy Man.
Listen to Bernard Edwards' work with Nile and the late Tony Thompson, THEN try and tell me 'disco sucks'. Meet you outside . . . . .
Just listen to how he OWNS the groove in the Diana Ross hit, 'I'm Coming Out', essentially Diana fronting Chic. There's GE locomotives that can't push like this. Do yourself a favor, learn his part note for note and play along. I did !
One more thing, Nile Rodgers speaking of finding Bernard Edwards’ body makes think of how Mike Clark recently eulogized Paul Jackson, or how Will Lee spoke of Hiram Bullock, or how Marcus Miller has spoken of Luther Vandross. Lee Sklar speaking of Mike Pocaro also comes to mind. Creating music is a powerful thing, and those who are really great at it share something special. I guess it might be similar to championship level athletes who are a great combination. The best combinations not only respect each other, they love each other. That is why the survivors keep their memories fresh of the partners that pass away early.
C’est Chic and Risqué are two of my all time favorite bass albums. No one will groove like Edwards did.
He was a smooth as butter with that Ray....
The problem with disco, as with any genre that takes over, isn't the innovators, it's the copycats. For every Chic album there were 50 albums sung in a falsetto voice with the bass doing octave jump 8th notes. EVERYONE was trying to cut the next great disco track - even KISS got into it!
A musical genre that reaches certain success levels gets copied until it is ruined. Only after the dust settles do we get back to the music that really made it great.
Absolute respect for this man, not just for how he played, but for the bass lines he created.
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