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Wilton Felder - The Crusaders

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by markjazzbassist, Apr 7, 2006.


  1. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I just picked up a couple Crusaders records and I'm really digging Wilton Felder's groove. He doesn't overplay, he plays just whats needed and really digs in the groove. Simple and tasteful. He also plays tenor sax which is really cool cause i also play saxophone. Anyone know what gear he used (bass, amp)?


    Anyone else digging Wilton Felder?
     
  2. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Longtime fan! There's a reason his name is on so many recordings coming out of L.A. in the early 70's, including Motown......awesome groove! His stuff with the Jackson 5 alone is worth bass hall of fame status.
     
  3. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Pretty sure it was a Fender Jazz.
    ...Jerry?
     
  4. Felder's playing on Grant Green's Live at the Lighthouse is just vicious. It sounds like a J with flats to me--it has that sorta "hollow" sound, versus the Precision's always-audible low-mid grunt.
     
  5. flatwoundfender

    flatwoundfender

    Feb 24, 2005
    There are some awesome lines on that album, I love Grant Green's funky stuff.
     
  6. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I've seen pics of him with a Jazz and it sounds like a jazz and some sounds like a P-bass, but I'm not sure.:meh:
     
  7. flatwoundfender

    flatwoundfender

    Feb 24, 2005
    It's quite possible he played both.
     
  8. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    sounds good guys, im glad there are some other people diggin on felder. I gotta check out this grant green cat now and get some of his stuff.
     
  9. All highly recommended:
    • Live at the Lighthouse
    • Matador
    • I Want to Hold Your Hand
    • Idle Moments
    • Born to Be Blue
    • Feelin' the Spirit
     
  10. steveb98

    steveb98 [acct disabled - multiple aliases]

    Mar 15, 2006
    Venice, CA
    I remember some pictures of Wilton back in the 70's playing what we called Telecaster basses. They were the early 50's PBass's with the squared edges. Guess today they would be the Fender Sting bass.

    Yes Wilton was a groove master on both tenor and bass.
     
  11. Lo.

    Lo.

    Jan 29, 2005
    NW UK
    He uses the Tele bass on Jimmy Smith's great live album "Root Down".
     
  12. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    +1 One of my faves and a big influence... some of the first real groove playing that I was turned onto many years ago.
     
  13. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Just purchased Live at the Lighthouse for $7 at half.com

    I highly recommend that website!
     
  14. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    I love Live at the Lighthouse,
     
  15. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i just picked up Images and Those Southern Knights on vinyl. Man, the bassline to Keep On, Keep That Same Old Feeling is hot. Gotta love that groove!
     

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