Bass Player by Paul Levin, 1957
Paul was (still is?) the father of Tony, a bass player, and Pete, a keyboards player. Their respective discographies are mind boggling, covering a wide spectrum of major and, to me, unheard of artists, and genres from avant garde to pop, jazz to rock and prog rock, showbiz to singer-songwriters, and on million sellers to bargain bins.
“It’s a return home to the music we first shared as kids – the ‘cool jazz’ of the 50’s.”
And very cool, in the current vernacular, it is too.
My main reason for choosing the image above though is that I regret that I don’t play a music instrument. However, if I did, I’d want to play the bass.
Its usual use is as a support, an underpinning in a rhythmic sense; that’s how I see myself, somewhere off centre.
Rare are the bassists who can carry a tune, or even contemplate solo gigs.
One such was Eberhard Weber who plays with himself – “It’s cheaper that way” – as he demonstrates here. If anyone would like a recording, on a Sony Walkman, of his solo gig at the Bass Clef club in London on 14th September 1986, email me and I’ll DropBox it.
(Eberhard suffered a stroke in 2007. His most recent release, in 2012, Résumé, is a collection of “various solo pieces from live performances” which he used to create a series of new compositions.)
It’s not widely known that Jaco Pastorius cited Eberhard Weber as a major influence. What is known though is that Jaco was an inspiration to a whole multitude of bassists, including Jeff Berlin – even though he doesn’t wish to be known as a Jacophile.
If you appreciate jazz bass players as much as I do, then check out this list and you’ll be reminded that there have been and are way too many to mention here, each one of whom deserves a replica of Paul Levin’s statuette.
This post was pre-scheduled.
Yesterday I was at the 1st Kota Tua Jazz Festival (report pending) and presume I watched the set by Ligro with Adi Darmawan on bass and I expect they played Bliker 3, as recorded at Indra Lesmana’s Red & White Lounge in 2012 – and, yep, I was there – and at the Black Cat Café nine days ago.