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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by squeally dan, Sep 26, 2013.
If a new bass player ask you for suggestion on what to listen too, what one cd would you suggest?
That would depend on the reason for listening
To demonstrate what a bass is supposed to go in a band setting.
depends a lot on the style of music, and what I think is "how it fits" is not how others may think it fits.
If it were me today talking to me of 20 yrs ago, I would recommend a serious re-listening to:
Kate Bush's Sensual World
Suzanne Vega's 99.9F°
Anything that Joe Osborn played on (like the Grass Roots)
Miles Davis's Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet.
Couldn't make a call on just One record.
(I would recommend this to myself because I had already spent so many years listening to Geddy and Graham Maby)
The one that has every Beatles song on it.
Anything by Weird Al Yankovic.
Props for your appreciation for Kate Bush... and for the point about context/personal experience...
Going by the ops premise I'd say anything by Sade and,
Thrak by King Crimson
This is my go to deep pocket album. Monster players all playing to serve the song. I like to pop this in when I drive to a gig that makes me a little nervous. It always brings me back to where I need to be mentally.
First I'd ask the new bass player what kind of music they like, then I'd ask a lot more questions... then I'd make a recommendation based on that individual's answers.
Oh man, oh man, oh man, that's a good bass record! In fact, it's just a good record all around!
King Crimson - Red.
Because bass is a weapon for destroying faces, don'tcha know.
Such a wonderful artist, and really lets the bass players play.
+1 for sure
I would also say early Iron Maiden (Pre Somewhere in Time)
I second Junta by Phish.
If I'm trying to instill in that new bass player a love for the bass, and an appreciation of what the instrument can do:
Jaco Pastorius (self-titled debut)
Weather Report, Heavy Weather
The Who, Live at Leeds
If I'm giving him an album to learn bass lines, and to see how the bass typically functions within a band:
Eagles, Greatest Hits, 1971-1975
Any of several Motown anthologies
I know that's not one, but I imagine I would very likely pick one of the above, depending on the person and the circumstances.
School Days without a doubt.
Squeally, I'd look no further than Steely Dan's Aja. A bunch of styles on one cd with great note placement mostly by Chuck Rainey. In and out of the pocket and not too flashy.