Bass Is the Place!

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Where do rhythm and harmony intersect? Where do you feel the beat, not just with your ears but your whole body? Bass is the place where it all comes together. This week we celebrate some beloved jazz bass players, from riveting soloists to groundbreaking composers and consummate sidemen.

  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Jaco Pastorius "Donna Lee" from Jaco Pastorius (Epic) 0:07
  • Host talks 2:44
  • Charles Mingus "Haitian Fight Song" from The Clown (Atlantic) 4:19
  • Host talks 16:15
  • Harriet Tubman "I Can't Tarry" from Live Concert Footage (n/a) 17:33
  • Larry Grenadier "My Man's Gone Now" from The Gleaners (ECM) 26:17
  • Larry Grenadier "A Novel in a Sigh" from The Gleaners (ECM) 31:45
  • Endangerd Blood (Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed) "Plunge" from Endangered Blood (Skirl) 32:27
  • Ben Allison "Swiss Cheese D" from The Sky Looks Very Different Today (Sonic Camera) 39:16
  • Host talks 43:49
  • Ben Allison "Move It" from Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera) 46:36
  • Todd Sickafoose "Bye Bye Bees" from Tiny Resistors (Cryptogramophone) 51:30
  • Dave Holland Quartet "The Oracle" from Extensions (ECM) 1:02:01
  • Dave Holland Quartet "Nemesis" from Extensions (ECM) 1:16:32
  • Host talks 1:28:01
  • Alice Coltrane "Turiya and Ramakrishna" from Ptah the El Daoud (Impulse!) 1:30:47
  • Gil Scott-Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" from Pieces of a Man (Flying Dutchman) 1:39:02
  • Israel "Cachao" Lopez "Mischievous Timbalero" from Master Sessions II (Crescent Moon / Epic) 1:42:07
  • Host talks 1:46:07
  • Joe Henderson "Loose Change" from The State of the Tenor (Blue Note) 1:49:22
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