Archive for June 3rd, 2012

Joe Plass – After Hours

Growing up in Portland Oregon, music has always been his passion. His professional playing career started at a very young age playing R & B Funk and Soul in clubs around the Northwest. Although he always loved those funky bass lines from the likes of Louis Johnson and Larry Graham, he also had great respect and admiration for Jazz music. So with such early influences as Stanley Clark, Alphonso Johnson and Joco Pastorius, he crafted a tight blend of funky jazz-fusion bass playing.

In the late 70’s he joined Fantasy recording artist Shock, a 10-piece funk band which produced a hit single Let’s Get Crackin’. After three albums with Fantasy, the opportunity presented itself to join solo artist Kenny G’s band from 1984-1986. He both toured and recorded on Kenny’s platinum selling albums Duotones and Silhouette. In 1993 he also had the pleasure of recording on former Kenny G band mate Tony Gable’s debut CD entitled Tony Gable and 206. In 2000 he recorded on childhood friend and Shock band founder Roger Sause’s solo album Retroman and again in 2003 on his Smooth Jazz/Funk CD Freestyle Funk. Those musical journeys and many others motivated him to express himself in the form of a solo project which led to the creation of his debut CD After Hours.

After Hours is a blend of smooth-jazz, funk and fusion. Accompanying Joe Plass are some of the top names in Jazz-Fusion such as Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright. Definitely a CD you will want to listen to from start to finish and add to your music collection! After Hours now at CDBaby.