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What can you tell me about Alex Al?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Lowend4s, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Lowend4s


    Jan 2, 2001
    I started a thread regarding Maroon 5's bass player and I was told that Alex Al played many of the groovy bass lines on the album.

    Is he a studio player?
  2. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    :hyper: I share your intrest! Went to amazon and listend to fourth world from karas flowers and wow :eek: not just the bass questioned me but everything did! :eyebrow: I mean the drummer sounds like a totally diff dude as well! Not saying that its not possible but man its a hell of a change man! :eyebrow: Make sure ya let me know what ya find out! :cool:
  3. willgroove2


    Aug 16, 2003
    chicago IL
    Endorsing Artist;Essential sound products,Dunlop, Ergo Instruments
    alex is a top LA studio bassist who over the last 6-7 years has been on countless smooth jazz,r& band pop sessions.like i said in the other thread,it's not unusual for there to be ghost players on self-contained band's records.on the other hand i read a artical about the keyboard player and he said they were all 17-18 yr old when they did the first cd as karas flowers so maybe they just got better over time?
  4. phattire


    Oct 27, 2004
    Burbank CA
    ALEX AL is from Detroit but live in LA

    Alex Al is one of the top studio players in Los Angeles, recording with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson, Christina A's last album
    He plays Fenders, fretless and a old Jazz most of the time, and think he is still a Eden endorsee

    If you get a chance to see him don't miss it :bassist:

    Attached Files:

  5. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hmm any specific albums you can point us out too?
  6. Tony


    Feb 16, 2004
    Southern California

    ... nothin' like seeing Alex and Reg play together. btw, you gonna be at NAMM? I'll be there Friday if you're around.

  7. phattire


    Oct 27, 2004
    Burbank CA
    2003 Soul Sessions Jeff Golub Bass
    2003 Still Small Voice Paul Jackson Jr. Bass
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    Wings to Walk This Road John Stoddart Bass

    Tony -I'll be at NAMM Tomorrow and maybe late on Friday
  8. I have quite a few CDs with him on it but I just recently realized how much I like his playing.What are his best CDs?
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I know he's a baddass!!

  10. gssg0002


    Apr 22, 2009
    toronto ontario
    You are correct! Alex Al is originally from Detroit. I had the amazing experience of playing in a band with Alex and his brother David LaSalle Gabriel (guitarist, producer). Al was only 18 at the time and one of the finest gentlemen and bass players I have ever met. We toured around the midwest U.S. at the time under Nyteflyte and then LaSalle. Al was a monster on the bass at that time and already had some big names to his credit. Al was very meticulous about his playing and practiced many hours. It's no surprise he is one of the most accomplished musicians in the industry. Best regards Alex!

  11. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    I have a pretty strong suspicion that the drums on Maroon 5 are programmed. Protools most certainly plays a large role in their band as well.
  12. MoBeach

    MoBeach Guest

    I just got the Stanley Clarke and friends DVD and Alex Al was on there. I had never heard of him before seeing this.
  13. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Interestingly enough, I just saw the Michael Jackson movie and Alex was Michael's bass player for the concert. He has an incredible resume!
  14. kirkm24


    Jan 1, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    Yes, I saw "This Is It" last night and saw him playing. He's a great player but I didn't like his sizzly tone for the portion of the set where they were doing the Jackson 5 songs. I would have liked to have heard a little more Jamerson thump in the tone for those songs but that's just me. Great playing regardless!
  15. kirkm24


    Jan 1, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    On "This Is It" he was using a Fender Jazz most of the time but I also saw him use a MusicMan Stingray 5 a couple of times.
  16. I'm going to have to check it out.Alex usually has a great tone with his Fender.He also plays some kind of 5 string and that tone is pretty thin.
  17. Court Composer

    Court Composer

    Apr 25, 2010
    Man, you guys like bass mastery?

  18. He's on the Lopez show and the Band kicks ass more that any other late night band.Too bad that the show itself is not that great.
  19. Makatak


    Apr 13, 2002
    New Zealand

    Kickin it Jeff Lorber
    Heard That Jeff Lorber , check him out on a tune called " the Bomb " .
  20. arimurik


    Feb 24, 2011
    The first time I heard him was on that album. On the opener "Snakebite"..and I was half asleep but God, that groove....I got up. Looked him up!
    Awesome player...