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"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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RIchard Davis  -  one of the pioneers of modern bass technique

 

 

Here he is driving the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra.  He takes the wheel at about 1 minute into it and never stops driving!

 

 

I have the original vinyl and can say that it's up tight and outta sight!  The Solid State label (brought to us by Phil Ramone) was obviously not dedicated to traditional sound quality - but they managed to make some enjoyable recordings.  All their releases (of which I have more than half) are a little bit brittle, with an artificial multimic'ed sound stage and bass that's more thin than tight.  But they recorded some fabulous music that transcends their technology.  Interestingly, CDs of some of the Jones-Lewis releases came out decades after the vinyl and sound about as good.  I know of no audiophile releases of their music but would love to discover that there are some.

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"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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Where to begin... Childhood hero's.

Chris Squire.

Jeddy Lee.

John Entwistle.

Jon Camp.

John Paul Jones.

Jack Bruce.

Jacco, mentioned previously.

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18 hours ago, botrytis said:

 

Well, the drummer is great too :D

 

Wow - I was unaware of her.  This is great stuff - thanks !!

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18 hours ago, botrytis said:

 

Nikki Parrott

 

Great choice!  I'm not proud of LP though - he looks bored o tears and actually checks his watch at about 1:53.

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1 hour ago, bluesman said:

 

Wow - I was unaware of her.  This is great stuff - thanks !!

 

There are other great videos of her on YouTube.

 


One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

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17 posts, yet one of the greatest bass players is still missing....


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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Jack Bruce was a freakin' madman, and I mean that in the best possible way.  :) 

 

Whenever discussions of bassists come up, I like to mention the two house band bassists for most of the dance hits of the 60s, James Jamerson (Motown) and Donald "Duck" Dunn (Stax/Volt).

 

And - Ladies and Gentlemen, Bakithi Kumalo (a few seconds starting at about 3:50, and a bit again at the end):

 

 

 


One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> eero Pro router -> EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen (powered by LPS-1) -> Ghent JSSG360 USB cable -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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14 minutes ago, Jud said:

 

There are other great videos of her on YouTube.

 


I just found 2 of her albums on Amazon Music and am listening to Donna Lee as I write this. I think her version is as enjoyable as Jaco’s. I’m very intrigued by her tone, which seems to have a bit of the “bark” that characterizes a fretless Modulus (which has a graphite neck) even though she’s playing a fretted Fender Jazz Bass in her picture gallery.  I suspect that I’ll love her tone even more when the CDs arrive and I can hear it through my good systems.  Tone is clearly in the chops!! 

She is amazing!

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Just now, bluesman said:


Ray Brown

 

I mentioned in post #6


“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone listening to music.”

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2 minutes ago, bluesman said:


I just found 2 of her albums on Amazon Music and am listening to Donna Lee as I write this. I think her version is as enjoyable as Jaco’s. I’m very intrigued by her tone, which seems to have a bit of the “bark” that characterizes a fretless Modulus (which has a graphite neck) even though she’s playing a fretted Fender Jazz Bass in her picture gallery.  I suspect that I’ll love her tone even more when the CDs arrive and I can hear it through my good systems.  Tone is clearly in the chops!! 

She is amazing!

 

The video I remember is (I think) of her instrumental of Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." Great stuff.


One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> eero Pro router -> EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen (powered by LPS-1) -> Ghent JSSG360 USB cable -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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Just now, AnotherSpin said:

I believe one should look for great bass players in jazz area. Mingus, Haden, Garrison, Holland, Peacock, LaFaro, Mraz, Vitouš, and many, many others.

 

Love Mingus and Holland in particular.


One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> eero Pro router -> EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen (powered by LPS-1) -> Ghent JSSG360 USB cable -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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