Musicians, #BassPlayers and friends often ask what I'm listening to. So I've decided to make a playlist of what I'm currently checking out (updated as needed). I have an eclectic taste in music and you'll find this on full display in my personal curated playlist, simply titled "2019 Playlist". Give it a spin! Cheers - Joseph
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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".
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".
Originally released in 1974 on Epic Records, Stanley's self-titled CD is a true masterpiece. His double/electric bass playing and compositions serve as a powerful combination into the mind of a genius. This is a must have!