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Simon Fitzpatrick Releases Bass Take on Holst’s “The Planets”

Simon Fitzpatrick: The Planets SuiteLondon-based bass guitar and Chapman Stick player Simon Fitzpatrick has released his bass version of Gustav Holst’s classical work, The Planets Suite.

The album features multilayered basses, with support from the Chapman Stick and Minitaur synthesizer. Check out Fitzpatrick, currently a regular member of Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band, as he plays multiple basses on “Mercury, the Winged Messenger”:

If you want to play it, too, here’s Fitzpatrick’s transcription.

The Planets Suite is available on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

The Planets Suite Track List:

  1. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  2. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War
  4. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician
  7. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic

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Fantastic execution here – it would be easy to fumble through the complex parts but Mr. Fitzpatrick is very precise. This is a pleasant change from the “look what I can (kinda) do” bassist videos.