Bassist Adam Ben Ezra put together two well known Latin pieces (Orpheus Negros and Besame Mucho) to create this solo piece for double bass. Well, maybe not exactly solo… he had some help from the birds.
What’s better than one bass jazz? Check out this video recommendation we received, featuring a performance of “Snapshot” by Barry Sahagian on bass, Aram Bedrosian on bass, and Micah Carbonneau on drums. This recording took place at the “Barry Sahagian Concert with 2 Basses” on March 22nd, 2009 at the Catamount Arts Center in Vermont.
Here’s a nice video of Miroslav Vitous performing a solo piece, “My Foolish Heart”, in Vienna in 2005.
Bassist Gustaf Fjelstrom sent in this video of him performing “Vaporous Restraint”, from his album, METAMESMERIC (previously covered here). This video was recorded live at the Y2K9 International Looping Festival on October 18, 2009. For more on Gustaf and his work, visit botched.com.
Today’s video comes by way of Philip Wain, and features bassist Frans Vollink, drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen and guitarist Mike Outram. Great stuff.
In 2002, the WDR Big Band’s “Latin Rhythms” performance at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall featured two bassists on the Paquito D’Rivera composition “Basstronaut”. The tune features two bassists: John Goldsby on double bass and Oscar Stagnaro on the electric. Big surprise… we love it. The performance also features Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Pernell Santurino (percussion), Mark Walker (drums),...
One year after the passing of Charles Mingus, the Mingus Dynasty band took the stage at Montreux. This performance of “Better Get It In Your Soul” features too bassists, starting with Mike Richmond and his opening solo, and also featuring bassist Aladár Pege. The rest of the band includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Farrell on saxophone, Jimmy Knepper on...
Here’s a terrific recording of the Oscar Peterson Quartet, performing “Samba Petit” at the Münchner klaviersommer, in 1994. Even better, it includes a solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.
Family and friends of Jaco Pastorius held their annual birthday party for him at the A1A Dive Bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5th. The band included Jaco’s twin sons, bassist Felix Pastorius and drummer, Julius Pastorius. Here’s a couple of videos from the performance. What starts out as warming up quickly turns into a killer performance of Jaco’s...
On May 12, 2009, the White House held the “Unplugged Poetry Jam”, and bassist Esperanza Spalding was one of the featured performers. Esperanza is obviously becoming a White House favorite. She took the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony this morning, and will perform a concert at the ceremony tomorrow. Here’s Esperanza performing “Tell Him”: