Peace and Blessings - Joseph Patrick Moore
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou
We decided to add this "Listen" blog to highlight some very important recordings that you should listen to or consider adding to your music collection/playlists. Many of these album recommendations will focus on Bass Players, while others may focus on the music, production or simply might be one of my personal favorites for one reason or another. On each post, you will find a description below the album image. These "descriptions" are my own brief thoughts and comments. My goal over time is to have a diverse listening list that will cater to each of you. Happy Listening!
Peace and Blessings - Joseph Patrick Moore
Victor Wooten’s album “A Show of Hands” released in 1996, is a historic album in my opinion. This album is truly a “solo bass” album that features the incredible gifts of this extraordinary artist and amazing person. This album specifically showed all bass players (and musicians for that matter) what is possible with two hands and your instrument. Making the ultimate connection between heart, mind, spirit, soul = to the ears of each listener. Additionally, there are some beautiful songs with positive messages. The song “More Love” specifically had an impact on me.
As a whole, this album was a huge inspiration for my attempt at a similar vision and approach with my recording, “Alone Together” in 2002.
In closing, Victor’s album is a must for any aspiring musician and especially bass players. Add this album to your collection!
Released in 2005, this certainly isn't the first solo album from Marcus, but it is one in which I enjoy a lot. Marcus is a deep cat on many levels (playing/compositions/production/arranging). The stand out tracks for me on this album are: "Power Soul", "Sophisticated Lady", "Frankenstein", "Boogie On Reggae Woman", "Silver Rain" "Bruce Lee". Add this to your collection!
In the 1976, the bass and music world was never the same after the release of this incredible landmark album from Jaco on Epic Records. It's impossible to express just how revolutionary this album was (and still is). This album is quintessential for all aspiring bassists.
One of my all-time favorite albums and one which should absolutely be in your music collection! Miles and the band (featuring Paul Chambers on bass) is revolutionary. The compositions, the interplay, the improvisations and the classic bass melody on "So What" is a blueprint for anyone striving to make an album with integrity (hard to believe this was recorded in 1959). Many things to comment on here, but my goal was to keep these comments brief. If you would like to learn more about the inter-workings and insight into this album, there is an excellent book by Ashley Kahn titled, "Kind Of Blue: The making of Kind of the Miles Davis Masterpiece".
One of my all time favorite basslines is James Jamerson's "What's Going On (the song)". Additionally, the entire album is a masterpiece that features James and Bob Babbitt. This is a classic album and a must addition to your collection!
The Who, powered by the thunderous bass of John Entwistle is on full display with this 1971 release. The song "My Generation" (which was originally released in 1965), features the first-ever recorded electric bass solo in rock music. The Who have many great albums, but "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy" is a good compilation overview, especially of the first decade of their career.
Weather Report was an all-star group that pushed the limits beyond jazz and into the future. In March of 1977, the sounds of Weather Report's "Birdland" from the album "Heavy Weather", filled the universe with the fretless magic of Jaco Pastorius. Check out the tune "Havona", which in my humble opinion is Jaco's finest hour as a composer, bassist, and soloist. If there was one tune to define the genius of Jaco, "Havona" is it!
In his thirty-three (33) short years on earth, Paul Chambers revolutionized the evolution of Bass with his incredible lines, improvisation, arco playing, huge tone and his soulful stylings. Check out the full album and my personal favorite song, "Visitation".
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and bassist Flea pour out the funk on Blood Sugar Sex Magic. Produced by the masterful Rick Rubin and released in 1991.