Alex Spradling: John Coltrane’s “Countdown” Solo on Double Bass

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody like Alex Spradling comes along and blows your mind. The bassist tackles saxophone legend John Coltrane’s lightning fast solo from “Countdown” on his double bass.

Spradling’s economy of motion makes the blazing lines come off as a fluid stream of notes as his left hand glides over the strings.

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  1. MikeyOnBass

    Simple Amazing!

  2. Marco


  3. Point A: Brilliant performance and technique.
    Point B: Some things should be left to their creator. Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD… :-)

    But well done, anyway.

    • Mark Gale

      That’s an interesting point David (B). The only thing I’m not sure of is how do you know whether you should or not if you don’t actually do it first? I’d rather this video exist than not exist.

    • Alex Spradling

      Why not transcribe? I learned a lot!



  4. I QUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Heikki L

    WOW! Absolutely great, breathtaking etc. I was told that the german bow is clumsier than french. I dont buy it anymore.

  6. Tom Howard

    I can’t find words