After people find out I’m a bass player, they always ask who my favorite bassist is and the answer is always the same: Ray Brown. The jazz bassist’s sense of melody and harmony always blow me away, but it’s the time and groove that keep me coming back.
Here’s a fantastic take on “Bag’s Groove” with the Oscar Peterson Trio. After playing perfect accompanying lines to accent the melody, Brown takes an extended solo that causes the crowd to erupt in applause. Then he’s back to playing the perfect bass lines to lock in with drummer Ed Thigpen and support Peterson.