This week, we’re celebrating the upright bass with a look back at the top 10 most viewed upright bass videos on No Treble.
It is fitting Miles Mosley chose to cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, since he’s doing a Hendrix-like re-invention of his instrument of choice: the upright bass.
This San Sebastian show, originally broadcast on Spanish TV, features Esperanza Spalding and her band performing “Mela”. The tune was originally recorded for the 2008 release, Esperanza.
Check out Dave Pomeroy with his Bass Day evening kick off performance of “The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World”. We especially loved the “tied up the guitar players with those big ol’ flatwound strings.” line.
Esperanza Spalding’s second spot in the top 10 list features a performance of “Little Fly”, from her hit album Chamber Music Society, released in 2010.
Donovan Stokes and his bass studio at Shenandoah University performing “Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass and Bass” by Christian Gentet from L’orchestre de Contrebasses (France). The name alone gets this video the No Treble stamp of approval, and the performance makes it even better.
Christian McBride shows his super-human side with a live bass solo during a performance of Pat Metheny’s “Question and Answer”.
Here’s a nice solo by bassist Eddie Gomez, performing with Chick Corea’s Three Quartets Band.
French upright bassist Renaud Garcia Fons performs a tune called “Berimbass”. This is from his CD, Arcoluz.
David Friesen bares his soul for this awesome solo bass piece that starts with beautiful melody then morphs into a meditative groove jam with the help of a looper. The performance is from the 1995 Poznan Jazz Fair.
Number 10 on the list, but number 1 for a few on the No Treble staff, this video showcases the amazing skills of bassist Willie Dixon, performing in 1966. This clip, filmed by the Canadian television network CBC, was re-discovered 30 years later and released on a DVD entitled Blues Masters.