Posts Tagged ‘ Bass ’

Julian Vaughn – Supreme

Hailing from Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn has reached after The Purpose Project(2010), Breakthrough (2012), Limitless (2015) and Bona Fide (2017) with Supreme (2019) number 5 of his solo projects. Not just a handful but a 5 stars career.

Julian Vaughn plays on the new album bass. He is supported on selected tracks by Darren Rahn, Elan Trotman, Marcus Anderson, Donald Hayes (sax), Adam Hawley, Mike Hart, Andrew Freeman (guitar), Mel Brown (bass), Jeremy Nixon, Jeremy Thomas, Greg Manning, Lew Laing (keyboards), Nicholas Cole, Oli Silk (piano) and Anthony Saunders (vocals).

With Flash Back Friday as opening track Julian continues the glorious times of the 80’s music. The bass in the lead sharing the melody with Darren Rahn on sax is a good way to get to the hit parade. The title Black Dynamite spontaneously reminds me of the original film Shaft with the film music by Isaac Hayes. Is it a coincidence that the saxophonist’s name is Donald Hayes?

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Sekou Bunch – The Next Level

New York City born bass player Sekou Bunch worked together with Tom Browne, when he recorded the hit Funkin’ For Jamaica. has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Roger Daltry, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Paul Anka, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, the Winans, Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton, Freddie Hubbard, Roberta Flack, Liza Minneli and many others.

In 1991 he released his first solo debut album Sekou. His sophomore album The Next Level followed in 2008 on Trippin ‘n Rhythm. The album contains a harmonious balance of covers and original compositions. Starter is a rendition of Sun Goddess, the original 1974 classic collaboration of Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire. Sekou has assembled the perfect team with a strong Everette Harp on sax and an overtopping Stanley Clarke on tenor bass, and vocalists Fred White and Lamont Van Hook serving the typical EWF voicing.

The romantic Smooth Sailing is star-studded with singer Angela Winbush and saxophonist Boney James. The jazz standard Take Five, composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for their 1959 album Time Out, is a frequently covered cultural asset of the jazz community. On Take Five / In Three George Duke shines on piano, while Sekou with his defined bass caresses the tones with relish.

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Blair Bryant – Cerulean Blue

Kansas City Missouri born bassist Blair Bryant is associated with professional colleagues like Stanley Clarke, Wayman Tisdale or Marcus Miller. A role that Blair would like to grow into and for which he has all the prerequisites.

Although young in years, Blair can already point to a considerable number of releases. He had his breakthrough in 2015 with the debut album New Colours followed by his first Innervision release Gold in 2016 and his second Cerulean Blue in 2018.

On his new album he performs lead bass, guitar bass, piano, keyboards, drums. He is joined by Darren Rahn, Greg Vail, David Davis, Donald Hayes, Ernest Melton (sax), Najee (flute), Zachary Morrow (drums), Derek Greenwood (guitar), Paula Sanders, Nicole Williamson, Alisa Bryant (vocals), Christian Swan (piano), Blake Aaron (guitar), and Preston Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn).

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Brendan Rothwell – Sentiment

UK born and Calgary based bassist Brendan Rothwell has set a clear signal with his debut album Time On My Hands (2016). Now he returns with his sophomore project Sentiment (2019).

Unlike its predecessor, Brendan produced and recorded his new album on his own. The absence of additional input is outweighed by the advantage of cost savings and full control over his own work.

Bass players in the lead are not uncommon particularly in the smooth jazz genre. Examples include late Wayman Tisdale, Julian Vaughn, Chuck Smith, Peter Muller, Marcus Miller, David Dyson, Garry Grainger, Michael Manson, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Veasley, Nate White, Mark Egan, Nathan East, Slim Man, just to name the more well-known.

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Brendan Rothwell – Sentiment

Brendan Rothwell is an accomplished bassist, composer, and producer. Originally from the UK, Brendan has been based in Calgary, AB, Canada since 2005. This Is the Love, from Brendan’s debut recording Time On My Hands (Independent, 2016), secured him placement on several of the global “Best of 2017” contemporary jazz charts, alongside winning “The People’s Choice” in Calgary’s 2017 YYC Music Awards.

Following the success of his debut recording, Brendan takes a step up with the release of Sentiment (Independent. Global release 02/14/2019). With 11 tracks of bass-focused contemporary jazz, this album displays a unique and genuine identity. On this entirely solo recording, Brendan once again optimizes the tone, scale, feeling and musicality of the bass, bringing it to the foreground as a lead instrument to develop meaning and depth.

Brendan describes the 1986 album from Miles Davis,“Tutu”, featuring the great Marcus Miller, as the trigger and driving force for his decision to play the bass. The art of business and leadership is inextricably linked in all of Brendan’s projects, and he firmly believes in applying a business mindset to the industry of music.

Al Turner – This Is

“The Burner” Al Turner, bass player exceptional, has released after It’s Good To Have Friends (2005), Movin’ (2009), Sunny Days (2011) and Simply Amazing (2015) this year his fifth album This Is. The cover is taken from a photo captured on a concert in Wilmington.

Marlon McClain, Tom Braxton, Ron Otis, Dana Davis, Darryl Wakefield, Calvin Rodgers, Jeff Canady, Monty Q. Pollard, Mark Mitchell, Jordache Grant, Darryl Dixon, Rick Watford, Melvin Jones, Mike Burton, Shedly Abraham, Gino Castillo and Eric Willis are listed in the credits of the new album.

The album goes into position with the affirmative This Is. In a fast race of instruments the dynamic melody crystallizes. The bass also gives the fast beat of the following piece Sunrise. There is an infectious almost captivating funky spirit that inspires the instruments involved.

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Nate White – Up Close

Nate White always wanted to play just the bass. He did it for The Spinners, his own band RAMP, with Roy Ayers, Chuck Loeb, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and many more.

His first album Come Into Knowledge (1977) was followed by That’s The Way It Is (2009) and this year Up Close. White wrote, recorded, arranged, mixed, and performed on all of the tracks, with other writers such as DJ and producer Nick Luscombe out of the UK, and producer Tony Heath A.K.A. Tony Heat. Other musicians include Randy Villars, Paul “PC” Caver, Dave Stewart, Iva Durand, and Eliot Slaughter.

The album starts with Kupenda, which is the Swahili word for love. With this tight and infectious killer groove Nate sets a strong pulse.

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