Posted on 29 May 2012

Foundations- Jimmy Blanton

Jimmy Blanton is a name that is little known outside of the coterie of jazz aficionados and double bass players, yet he is probably the most important and influential bassist of the twentieth century. His recording career was brief, lasting just three years between 1939 and 1941, before being tragically cut short due to his early death at the... Read More »
Posted on 09 Jan 2012

Foundations-Scott LaFaro

FOUNDATIONS – Scott LaFaro   Born on 3rd April, 1936 in the town of Geneva, New York, Scott LaFaro’s career as a professional bassist was a short one, spanning just six years between 1955 and 1961, before his untimely death, aged just 26. However, the prowess of his playing, his unique phrasing, the way he cut across conventional time... Read More »
Posted on 16 Nov 2011

Foundations – Ron Carter

  Ron Carter   The problem with writing about the bass playing of Ron Carter is the sheer number of sessions he has performed on. As one of the most recorded musicians in music history, his bass playing has allegedly graced more than 2,500 albums. Where then is the listener to begin if they wish to hear the best... Read More »
Posted on 21 Sep 2011

Foundations- Ray Brown

  Ray Brown stands as one of the most technically accomplished bass players of all time. His full, round sound, meticulous timing and almost scientific approach to the instrument is best exemplified in the pages of his book, ‘Bass Method’, an instructional manual first published in 1963 which remains one of (if not) widest read of all of the... Read More »
Posted on 23 Aug 2011

Foundations-Charles Mingus

Foundations – Charles Mingus   For those bassists who are unfamiliar with the world of jazz and are looking for a starting point, then the playing of Charles Mingus is a particularly good route to follow. Mingus was a bandleader, bassist and arranger, but he was first and foremost a composer and it is this capability which infuses his... Read More »
Posted on 10 Aug 2011

Foundations – Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers Fifteen albums recorded as part of Miles Davies’s group, fourteen with John Coltrane, eleven as his own band leader, plus a further one hundred and nineteen(!) albums in which he played alongside such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, and Theolonius Monk – not to mention being responsible for the most famous bass line... Read More »