Friday, July 25, 2008



...and au revoir, as I will be taking a hiatus from blogging in the coming weeks to deal with matters of a personal nature.

Thank you for stopping by, and please peruse the fine blogs to the right if you feel like waiting.



Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Overnight - "...very bad! Now come bass solo."

The title comes from an old muso joke which I won't bother to detail.


Richard Bona, 2004.

Michael Manring, Yves Carbonne, and Domenic Di Piazza playing Anticipation, 2005.

And maestro Niels-Hennings Orsted Petersen, with the very fine accompaniment of Joe Pass on Donna Lee, 1979.

Ograma bin Fidlin

Ograma bin Fidlin

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reader Request, number 3 in a series

Agi has expressed a need to go back - way back - to the days of blunts, stunts, and - well, you know - So turn it up loud while we get McSane In The Campaign.

McSane In The Campaign

And the flip side...Give me a funky ass bassline here...


'Parental Discretion Iz Advised'


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Overnight

Ghosts: First Variation, as played by one of the ultimate power trios - Albert Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray, from Spiritual Unity, 1964...And here's the second variation.

...And a segment of For John Coltrane, also by Ayler, with Joel Freedman, Alan Silva, Bill Folwell and Beaver Harris, 1967.

'Happy birthday, Albert'

Thursday, July 10, 2008

CanCon Friday - Sons Of Freedom

Today, presenting Vancouver's late-'80's offering to the Hard Rock story - Sons Of Freedom, a band that in a more appreciative world would have gone on to mucho glory (Robert Plant was heard to admire them) and a band that I certainly liked - even though Don Binns nicked one o' me bass tones!

Kidding, Don


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Come Darkness, I'll See Her Again

...I'll be there, my love.

Reader Request, number 2 in a series

From reader Trac, comes a request for bipartisan bliss which, of course, we could all use more of in these troubled times.

Here Comes The Chide

...And the soundtrack.


Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sunday Overnight

Tonight, a tribute to maestro Josef Zawinul - our first track, the title tune from the Mr. Gone album, 1978.

His own arrangement of In A Silent Way, 1971.

...And finally, a joint improvisation from the 1975 lineup of Weather Report (Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Chester Thompson, and Alphonso Johnson) that resolves to Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz.

"The bass is the mother of all music and the drums are the father."

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Reader Request - Number 1 In A Series

I find myself very fortunate indeed that those who peruse my blog, irregularly updated as it may be, do so to see revisualizations that they have not seen before, or at least in the context into which I have put them.

Occasionally, I receive email from readers with some suggestions for ideas which they might like to see rendered in my style...Or anybody's style, I suppose.

Frankly, I would like to be more prolific with executing these requests, but there are many and varied constraints on my time which, when blended with a stubborn lazy streak conspire at times against such simple indulgences.

However, in the spirit of giving back to a supportive community, I would like to initiate a more regular weekly post that highlights my attempts to bring such collaborations to life, and we will start today with the infamous Dr. Bong's twinning of stage and spleen...


Please feel free to pass on your suggestions for future works in the comments, and thank you.