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Would a Bass/Drums/Sax trio work well?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rob_the_bassist, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. I know it depends on the players but in general would this work? or is there a piano usually required for the right combination
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Morphine did okay. ;)
  3. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Sounds cool to me.
  4. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Do it.
  5. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    I think that in order to pull it off you'd need a doubleneck seven string like Turner has, except that I'd make the fretted a 21 string (with octave strings).

    Also consider some Rush-style keyboard pedals for you and the sax player.
  6. wolfs


    Jan 18, 2006
    Make it work for you... I'm always up for ditching the guitars and pianos of the world for more interesting combonations... would this be a jazz thing? Or a rock thing? Or experimental?
  7. tzadik


    Jan 6, 2005
    Hah. I have a trio like this and it's awesome. Some tunes we just don't do until there's a piano player around because otherwise they are kind of empty. But generally it's great fun and I hope yours turns out fun too...
  8. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    The bassist has the most difficult job in a trio like that. Make sure you can handle it.
  9. jady


    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    I've done it, an experemental jazz trio. it leaves you lots of space and no real chance of overplaying!!!
  10. As you said, "with the right players," I think it could be a great combo. Last weekend I went to a gig with a new band that some friends are putting together. The only problems were the guitarist and keys getting in the way of the sax, the drummer and bass player were outstanding. One of the guys with me is Spanish and has a guitar degree from the Royal Conservatory in Madrid. He was really impressed with the rhythm section. I might add a flute, maybe a tenor and alto sax both, trumpet, female vocalist who can sing ballads but also really belt, but now I'm talking about my ideal band, not yours.
  11. While that could work, it is hardly neccesary. Morphine rocked it well with excellent basslines playing a four string bass with only two strings wound on the bass.
  12. Sneckumhaw


    Apr 26, 2006
    See the band Back Door with Colin Hodgkinson. No ERB's. just talent.
  13. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Didn't Sonny Rollins do trio work like this?

    That way the piano didn't get in the way of his solo ideas.

  14. If it's black metal: no. If it's jazz: yes.
  15. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    These guys sound pretty tight!!
  16. tonequixote

    tonequixote Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2004
    Bass, Drum and Sax works.

    Give "FLY" (Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier) a listen for ample proof. :hyper:
  17. Thurisarz


    Aug 20, 2004
    Isn't there a member here at TB who has a trio which consist on drums, sax and 6-string bass?
  18. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    Todd Johnson makes his trio work with URB/vocals, 6-string bass, and drums.

  19. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY

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