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Old 02-19-2013, 11:36 PM
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Default Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Originally Posted by haredrums View Post
Wanted to post some music from a recent gig I played with one of my favorite bass players in the DC area Joe Bussey. Listen to that hump (headphones recommended)!

Which also reminded me, can we talk about how much of a difference a good bass player makes?! Playing with a guy like Joe is like riding a bike downhill, totally effortless and thrilling at the same time.
Great music Andrew. Swinging us all into bad health!

Yes, a good bass player is everything. It is something that I've been especially aware of recently. Playing the same songs with different groups, I noticed that the feel of everything is tied very heavily to the bass player. I mean, where I would've probably blamed myself for shortcomings in the sound of the band, I am learning that it's got more to do with the bass player that I had ever realized.

I think most of us tend to look inward when something is not happening with the feel of the music. It's just what, as drummers, we do. Blaming anyone else feels wrong. It's sort of like blaming your pants for shrinking when the problem is that you're gaining weight. :) But the reality is that, yes, the bass player can really make a huge difference that we can't overcome one way or the other.
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