Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Slappin' the Bass Mon"

For some reason, when I attended the Lizz Wright performance last Sunday evening, her bass player reminded me of this skit from "Kids in the Hall." It certainly wasn't that he was a bad bass player. In fact, his bass had five strings, as opposed to the usual four, so that must mean he's good. It was just that bass players sometimes put out the dorky vibe. I don't think they can help it, it's the nature of the instrument. I don't feel the same way about the stand-up bass. And bass players often get a bad rap. It's true that it doesn't necessarily require a lot of talent to provide the thumping rhythm, while standing next to the cute drummer. But most times the bassist doesn't really get to shine, because of the nature of the music. On the opposite end of the spectrum: check out Jaco Pastorius sometime. That mutha can slap the bass mon!

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