Stavi is more often than not found playing jazz and double bass these days. I wondered when he had made the switch. Stavi says, "Around the time I began playing bass, I was first exposed to jazz. I found it interesting, challenging and fascinating. It really felt like a music in which you could express a lot of things in your playing. I got more and more into jazz and realized that if I really want to play jazz, I should play the double bass. At the age of 17, I got my first double bass and started taking lessons. I actually studied classical double bass playing. This brought me back to classical music which was always there somewhere and was the place where I started from. I loved playing classical music on the double bass as well as jazz. With the double bass and the electric bass, I really felt that I found my place in music and that music found its place in me. During that time I listened a lot to jazz and got inspired by people like saxophonist John Coltrane
, trumpet player Miles Davis
, bass players Charles Mingus
, Ron Carter
, Charlie Haden
and Jaco Pastorius
as well as other players."
From the point of view of the bass, Stavi says his main influences are Carter, Haden, Ray Brown
, Mingus, Pastorius, McCartney, m: Sting = 20901 and Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Brick Fleagle
. "There are many more bass players who I love," he says, "but if I need to mention just a few, these would be the ones."
Though primarily influenced by the sound of the bass, Stavi has a diverse taste in music and this is reflected when he discusses what he listens to now. "I listen to quite a lot of kinds and genres of music," he says. "I guess more than anything, I like to listen to songs. Nothing does it to me more than a great song. I listen to rock and pop songs a lot. I go back and listen often to the artists that inspired me and made me play music in the first placethe Beatles; Springsteen; Stevie Wonder
; the Police; vocalist, keyboard player and writer Brian Wilson
and Pink Floyd. I love listening to some groovy stuffPrince, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson
and lots of Motown artists. I love Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page
is my all-time favorite guitarist. I love writer and musician Peter Gabriel, guitarists and composers Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton
, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There are many more, but I can't mention all of them."
Stavi is also interested in World Music. "I am a huge fan of Brazilian music." He comments, "I love Samba, Choro, Bossa Nova, MPB (Música popular Brasileira a trendy, Brazilian music linking samba and regional Brazilian music). I obviously admire the great musician and writer Antonio Carlos Jobim
and the incredible singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto
. I love singer Elis Regina
, songwriter and guitarist Joao Bosco
, songwriter Djavan, Milton Nascimento
, Gilberto Gil
, singer Maria Rita and more. When it comes to jazz I still go back to the giants of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970ssax players Coltrane and Wayne Shorter
, Davis, keyboard player and writer Herbie Hancock
and Haden and Carter again. Also the band Weather Report and pianist and composer Keith Jarrett
. I love Tango music. I used to listen a lot to Astor Piazzolla
, the band leader and composer, and love his music. Last but not least, classical musicI listen to Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. I am a huge Mahler fan. I love Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Shostakovich. There is so much great music to listen to....I wish there was more time to do it."