Tedeschi Trucks Band bassist Tim Lefebvre is the holder of a very particular and heartbreaking musical honor. He was the bassist on David Bowie’s final studio recording, Blackstar.
Blackstar was released on Bowie’s 69th birthday on January 8, just two days before the rock legend’s Jan. 10 death following a previously publicly unknown 18-month battle with cancer. The album’s producer, one of Bowie’s longtime collaborators, Tony Visconti, said of Bowie, his passing, and the album in NME, “His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
In a recent Rolling Stone article published prior to Bowie’s death, Visconti said Lefebvre, whose work crosses a variety of genres, was the perfect bassist for the project. “Tim Lefebvre was just phenomenal to work with. He pretty much nailed every take right on the spot.”
[Editor’s note: Lefebvre talks about the album and his experience in our recent interview.]
The album revealed that the Bowie’s interest in experimentation and reinvention was with him until the end. Some are saying that his video for “Lazarus,” released on January 7, was his artistically challenging goodbye.
Blackstar Track List:
- ’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore [Explicit]
- Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
- Girl Loves Me [Explicit]
- Dollar Days
- I Can’t Give Everything Away