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Mark Lettieri Trio, Featuring Wes Stephenson: Slide Rule

Wes Stephenson has one of the deepest pocket grooves I’ve ever heard. Here’s a clip of the Funky Knuckles bassist holding it down for guitarist Mark Lettieri on “Slide Rule,” live at the RBC in Dallas, Texas.

Stephenson forms a tight bond with drummer Mike Mitchell for the song’s main riff as they back Lettieri up, and his solo at the 3:56 mark that will take you for a ride.

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Concerned Citizen

Concerned Citizen

Deep pocket groove? Not quite. Pedestrian at best.

    Sal Funkenstein

    Sal Funkenstein

    Pedestrian??? You should be ashamed of your comment. The man is pouring out his heart and soul playing. Do you go to art museums and say paintings are ok? Maybe you should go say how pedestrian he is directly to his face or do you only troll from behind a screen

    Marcus

    Marcus

    This is the douchiest comment on this website

Bass lover

Bass lover

I also thought this performance could be better. Love The Funky Knuckles, but he wasn’t very locked in, imo. Also, the unison like he and Mark played didn’t sound tight.

Interesting solo though.

Stan Pugh

Give the drummer some credit here, nice!!!!

Mike Matthews

Mike Matthews

All and all I thought this was pretty cool; but I think his octa bass pedal wasn’t tracking to well. Those things sound pretty good in the higher reg; but in the low reg they kinda sound like crud. His bass solo was pretty cool too.

Wes Stephenson

Wes Stephenson

Sorry guys I’ll practice.

    Mark Lettieri

    Mark Lettieri

    Wes, isn’t it fun to play music with your friends, maybe film it and share it with some more friends, and then get crapped on by people? I love the internet.

    juicy j

    juicy j

    Sounding great man!

    chance

    chance

    wes, do you remember (me) chance in the bass department at larry morgan music a million years ago? i hadnt thought about you in ages but always knew you were a real player and would be doing this forever. check out fearless guitars, that is my gig now. and go man go!

John

Nice use of the octave pedal!

Christopher North

Curse that music stand – would have liked to have seen more of his playing. Keep up the great work, Wes!

andy alonso

andy alonso

Wes is serious business!

PhiDeck

PhiDeck

Enjoyed, except for the music stand.
Nice form, Wes: never saw your left thumb.

Thomas Risell

This is one of the coolest and soulfull basssolos ive heard in a long time, especially the slow sections, Wes is singing!
And the general performance bandwise is also great

Johannes Stenfors

Johannes Stenfors

In my opinion Wes is doing a thing that is not so common these days: really involving himself in a musical process and boldly going where his heart takes him.
Jimi Hendrix, Oscar Peterson, Jaco, Charlie Parker, and numerous other passed and living legends are good examples, When it’s solo time they don’t concentrate to execute scales, fancy tricks on their instruments, metronome perfect quarter, eight, sixteenth, triplets, etc. They do something I call “flying above the beat”
That’s exactly what Wes is doing.
As a bass player I love to support other musicians and don’t play solos very often but when I do I choose similar route with Wes! (BTW I think his octaver tracks just well)
I hope Wes keep up with his good work, it would be fun to take solo turns with him!

Cheers, Johannes

FunkEBass

FunkEBass

That was just all around fun to listen to. There’s so many sides of a beat and that dude sure knows the backside! Cool post.

D’simon Ciaccio

The start of that bass solo…. woooh! and kept on it

Adam

Adam

Can’t believe people are criticizing this. I loved the bass solo!