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Saturday, June 14, 2014

DANGER. WARNING. ATTENTION. LOOK OUT. BEWARE


There's really nothing I can do but warn you. You're bound to be blindsided. There's no way you can see this coming. There you are, bumping along, listening to Adrien Moignard and Rocky Gresset lay waste to the Jazz standard Cherokee by Ray Noble, and you're wondering exactly how inventive a person can get on the guitar, and then, like a turd in the fondue pot, THERE'S A BASS SOLO AT FOUR MINUTES, AND IT LAST FOR TWO, MIND-NUMBING, SOUL-DESTROYING MINUTES, WHILE ACTUAL MUSICIANS LOOK ON IN HORROR.

7 comments:

Gagdad Bob said...

Where's the bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher when you need it?

Sam L. said...

I played a bass in jr. and sr. high school. I like bass. Not this one, though, as you said.

chasmatic said...

I lost count. It sounds pretty simple, but there's a mile of wire in a screen door.

vanderleun said...

"When drums stop, very bad."

SippicanCottage said...

Gagdad! Oh, that's an obscure name. I can always rely on you to test my memory. There's this great music video of "We're an American Band" from back when it came out, and G Funk is doing all this motorhead shite like riding motorcycles and skinning their knuckles with crescent wrenches, and even though it's like forty years ago, I remember Mel wearing this preposterous mesh T-shirt and sporting a giant fro in the video. Hilarious.

Hi Sam- I'm pretty sure everyone that commented on this one, except Gerard, is a bass player.

Hi Chas!

Gerard, my man. Ain't it the troof. One of my commenters, I forget who, pointed out that my Spare Heir is the only drummer that he's ever seen playing along with any Django song. That song need a drummer, to drown out the bass solo.

chasmatic said...

Sipp, good call. Yeah, I played bass in every kinda band except Klezmer. I talked with Charlie Musselwhite's bass player one night in Toronto. (My pal Alberto Gianquinto was the piano player, long story.) Anyway the player, I forget his name, he said about good bass players "it's what they leave out that makes 'em good".

Larry Geiger said...

The poor percussion guitarist in the middle was about to take an axe to that guys bass!