Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” is just one of those tunes that acts as a benchmark for skill. Ever since Jaco’s take on it from his debut album, bassists have been giving it a shot.
Here’s an one mind-blowing version by University of South Carolina double bass professor Craig Butterfield, playing along with Parker’s original recording.
Not only does he nail the head, but he goes on to match the saxophonist’s blazing solo, note for note.
I’m not sure which is more impressive – the absolute precision in Butterfield’s playing, or the fact that he acts like nothing just happened.