Dave Marks Solo Bass: Message in a Bottle

Check out bassist Dave Marks, taking a solo break during a Carl Palmer Band concert.

We really like the loops he put together, almost as much as the soloing.

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  1. Simply awesome…….Lot of effect works…:) I like the last 45 seconds a lot! :D

  2. Will Cardinal

    So guitar players, you don’t need to play every solo! Some of us bass guys can take our share!!

  3. Chris

    what kind of bass is that?

  4. Cliff H

    Great cover with a bit of flare added in. Love the loop work especially. Very clean and very tight.

  5. I’m 62 and an old rock n roll war horse. Things have changed so much in the 47 years I’ve been playing. The days of playing the pocket seem to be down played. Now is the era of the 6 string bassist who plays like he’s a guitarist. And has more computer tools and foot pedals than the guitarist. My my.

    • I am a fan of Dave Marks.

    • Good for you. But that’s not the point. I’m speaking in generalities and not about specific people. Plus you didn’t experience the changes like I did. Back in 1970, we were all mimicking Stanley Clarke.

    • So are you saying bassist nowadays have less talent than 50 years ago due to the introduction of technology? I’m not trying to come at you, Kat. I just want to understand the point you’re trying to make. Remember that nothing is as it was 50 years ago.

    • Mike- Apparently I am not making myself understood clearly. I have lived throughmore than half a century of bass playing. I have heard and seen things that were pertinent to different eras. I’m saying the opposite of what you are accusing me of. The bassists today are remarkable! Phenomenal! But they play in the style of a guitarist, not an old school bassist. James Jamerson. Carol Kaye. McCartney, Entwhistle, and a million more. It’s a different mind set now. The modern bassist plays in a more melodic vein than us old pound out the groove and stay in the pocket bass players. We held down the rhythm section. The great bassists today are Andre Segovia for chrissakes. I could never compete for a band position against a bassist that plays like Dave Marks. I’m a dinosaur, but a damn fine bassist.

    • @[1533283671:2048:Phillip Katmancross Kohn] – Gotcha buddy! Thanks.

    • Yeah but the guitar man today ain’t no Clapton. Heck, he ain’t no Stephen Stills even.

    • Phillip Katmancross Kohn a self appointed “damn fine bassist” no-one has ever heard, Entwistle played the bass like a guitar. In your half century of playing bass you obviously never determined the meaning of a solo, just because he uses those techniques in a solo doesn’t mean he does the same in every song. Dave Marks is a damn fine bassist, that can hold the pocket, just peep out his youtube channel. The amount of time you’ve been playing doesn’t reinforce or make your generalisations on today’s bass player correct, you sound more like an old jealous mule than a rock n roll war horse…

      • I only spent 10 years in the professional music business: 1974-1984. I played bass in the English progressive band Curved Air along drummer Stewart Copeland. I was an L.A. session player for years. I owned a recording studio and video production studio. I managed several acts that went national. If you Google me at Phillip Kohn bass, you will get a glimpse of my accomplishments. Besides, being “known” doesn’t necessarily make you a fine player. Most great players don’t make it. But are still superb players. Making it in the pro music biz is a rough go.

  6. Another old video that is still amazing!