The Genius of Bassist Mick Karn

In this episode of “From the Bottom”, I’m digging into one of the greatest (and underrated) fretless bass guitarists of the 80s and 90s: Mick Karn.

From the group Japan to Gary Numan to Dalis Car and his own various solo projects, I’ll break down my five favorite Mick Karn bass lines and show you what they tell us about his unique and amazing style of playing the fretless bass.

Here are the timestamps for this episode:

  • 00:00: Intro
  • 00:41: Visions of China
  • 01:33: A Subway Called ‘You’
  • 02:24: Tribal Dawn
  • 03:23: Dali’s Car
  • 05:08: Saday Maday
  • 06:28: Outro

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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