From The Bottom: The Lost Ark of Bass Solos: John Patitucci

I recently discovered a gem of a bass solo played by a 21-year-old John Patitucci in 1981!

In this episode, I’ll break down what he’s doing and how it compares to his playing today. If you aren’t familiar with the “Tooch”, check out my list of five of my favorite JP recordings, including his solo work, the Chick Corea Elektric Band, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, and Michael Brecker!

Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.

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  1. Per Kofoed

    Thanks so much for sharing. I “fell in love” with John’s bass playing in the 80’ties. I still have the vinyl with Mehler and Nash that opened my eyes to John, I was in my early 20’ies and never left.