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Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Chops, Dec 23, 2004.
What d'ya reckon?? The ones you just can't remove from your brain.
It ain't like that, this ain't Britney Spears.
This is kind of like asking, which sentence of Shakespeare's is your favorite...
I didn't think it was Britney Spears . I'm asking, on the subject of db basslines, which would pop into your head first, or which have never really left it. I'm sure on Shakespeare forums people have asked what others favourite sentences are. I think its valid. I'm sure no one has said "This ain't like that, this ain't Dr Seuss".
The one I played this morning
Okay, I'll play...these are all from the late 60's/early 70's, when the term "basslines" was still a part of my consciousness. Now, I'm more concerned with "baselines", i.e., the lowest amount of $$ I'll consider leaving home for.
I wouldn't call these favorites per se, but I could play them all from memory, which means they're pretty well stuck in the gummy parts of my brain. You can find clips of them all with Google.
Lonnie Liston Smith's "Expansions"...nice bass line on the opening track from Cecil McBee. Unfortunately, after the first minute or so, the album sinks into smooth jazz land. Somewhere in northern Wisconsin, in my Dad's record cabinet, there's a copy of this album with about 1/4" of the vinyl really worn, the rest of it is cherry condition
MJQ's "Walkin Stomp", from the album "Plastic Dreams"...Percy Heath on bass, of course. Fat and Phat.
Miles' "Great Expectations", from "Big Fun" (also released on "The Complete Bitches' Brew" CD). Dave Holland, if I remember correctly. Just a repeating figure for about twenty minutes, but very evil. I like to play this one at soundchecks sometimes, and check out who remembers it.
Remember that bass figure Horace wrote for 'Senior Blues'? Back in the "old days before we used amps, I would cripple both hands with that thing.
By your standard, none.
Two that I like are the lines written by the composers (a pianist, a trumpeter) for Waltz For Debby and Sail Away.
Interesting lines are usually limited to a phrase, and are countless.
Paul Warburton does a nice thing in bar 3 or 4 of My One and Only Love.
Thanks, my Dear.......
I like the bassline from "Gazelle" on Joe Henderson's In Pursuit of Blackness--Ron McLure is on bass. Stanley Clarke's line on the A minor part of "Sometime Ago" on Return to Forever gets stuck in my head alot too.
Oh yeah, Stanley... the bass figure from "Sea Journey" is beautiful. And maybe it's not a "bass line", but his stuff on "Captain Marvel" is pretty well stuck in my head as well. And then there's "Bass Folk Song"! Whatta great DB player he is.
There are written, repeating DB lines (riffs?) that get stuck in your consciousness - I usually get given at least one every year in Jazz Summer School, that are really hard to play but sound great - here's a few of my favs :
Mopti - by Don Cherry
Binky's Beam by John McLaughlin off Extrapolation
On the Road to Ephesus by Joe Lovano
Les Claypool's line in Mr. Krinkle.
That's pretty cool, just googled it. Love that Billy Bob vocal thing he does over the top. He sure does paddle his own canoe.
Yes - there are 3 versions of it on the CD of "6 pieces of Silver" - what frightens me is how it says in the liner notes that Doug Watkins is 22 and Louis Hayes is only 18!!
The laugh used to be how many places Hayes played where he wasn't old enough to be a customer.
I caught Stanley on the tube a few months back -- a recent live concert. Hadn't really thought about him in ages (RTF was a major factor for me back in the 70's) and was delighted to see him on DB, by himself it seemed.
He whipped that DB as if it had no physical significance whatsoever, like it wasn't there. He strummed 4-note chords like he was playing rhythm guitar for The Doobie Brothers. Un-freaking-believable strength and stamina on the DB.
And all the while sounding unmistakeably just like Stanley...
No doubt. He's certainly different. He's awesome live as well, and equally odd.
I didn't know Mr. Claypool played the DB.
Here are some that get stuck in my head every time I listen to them, and sometimes just intrude into my brain uninvited.
El Carretero: Salvador Repilado Labrada
Haitian Fight Song: CHARLES MINGUS
I just want to make love to you: Willie Dixon
You must understand that "play" can be a very broad concept.
And as far as memorable lines go, Paul Chamber's little opening on So What tends to stick with me.