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The History Behind Four On Six...
When I first began to appreciate the world of jazz improvisation many years ago, the one element that fascinated me the most was the bassist's role in the rhythm section. Here a player could simultaneously be supportive and truly creative at the same time. Whether the situation called for playing the head (melody), adding a two-beat feel, walking a line or soloing, the bassist seemed to have a sort of unlimited freedom.
My earliest exposure to influential bassists came by way of listening to my father's jazz records of the fifties and sixties. Paul Chambers and Ron Carter with Miles Davis, Ray Brown with Oscar Peterson, and Sam Jones with Cannonball Adderley were but a few who caught my admiring attention. Being foremost a guitarist, I decided that bass would be a natural second instrument. Some books were indeed helpful, but over the years I've always learned the most by listening and observing, and this case was no different. I began transcribing and analyzing what I had been enjoying hearing, and soon the harmonic foundation I sought came into focus. While my understanding of bass concept was growing, so was my ability to arrange compositions for solo guitar. It wasn't long before the too skills began to merge, and when I first heard guitarist Joe Pass playing what I had been imagining, the dream became a reality!
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