We discovered this video thanks to MarloweDK, featuring bassist Ron Hall taking an extended bass solo, live at a club in Chicago. Funky!
In today’s featured video, bassist Stefano Francazio shows off his version of The Reddings’ tune, “The Awakening”, perhaps even better known to bassists thanks to Les Claypool. [Editor’s note: ignore the “Tommy the Cat” title on the video]. Thanks to our Facebook friend Laura Palumbo for sharing with us.
Check out this solo by Brian Bromberg, during a performance of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”. This was filmed as part of Bromberg’s “Downright Upright” project, live at the Blue Note in Tokyo, back in 2006. Lorber’s group included Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Gary Meek, and Dave Weckl.
Christian McBride is one of those rare bassists who switch from upright to electric and back with ease. We more frequently see (and feature) him playing upright, but this one was too fun to pass up. Here’s a fan shot video of McBride taking a solo break to Jaco Pastorius’ “Havona”.
Marcus Miller shared this video of Larry Graham a while back. Not much more needs to be said, does it?
Here’s a nice solo by bassist Eddie Gomez, performing with Chick Corea’s Three Quartets Band.
Here’s an incredible solo by bassist Scott Ambush, during a performance of “Wiggle Room” by Spyro Gyra at the Kaunas Jazz Festival in October, 2004.
Here’s another video gem featuring Jaco Pastorius. This solo was performed during a Weather Report concert in 1978 in Washington, DC and includes a cool version of Jaco’s famous “Slang” solo and Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy references.
This video features a live performance of Cassandra Wilson with Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Brandon Ross on guitar and Jeffrey Haynes on percussion. They’re playing Astrud Gilberto’s song “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)”. Watch for Lonnie’s solo around the 2:20-minute-mark.
Here’s Brazilian bassist Marcelo Mariano, taking a solo during a performance with the Eumir Deodato Trio. Check out more from Marcelo on his Myspace page.
The following video is from the diploma concert at The Academy of Music in Denmark of bassist Christian Houmann, who graduated this year. The quartet consists of Rasmus Toystrup on drums, Lasse Enøe on sax, Mikkel Leth-Nissen on piano and Houmann on bass. This piece is a tribute to Béla Fleck.
Here’s Yorai Oron from Israel taking a bass solo over the changes to “Caravan”. The quartet features Lew Soloff on trumpet, Avi Adrian on piano, Rony Holan on Drums and Oron on bass.