Upright Bill

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About Upright Bill

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  • Birthday 09/30/1953

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  1. BFT #29 Disc 2 Answers

    I apologize for the way I listed the answers. I would have liked to have given more info about the bassists as well as listing all of the sidemen. However, time did not permit. I will attempt to assist you as much as possible.
  2. BFT #29 Disc 1 Answers

    The number of great Bassists I left out far exceeds the number included. When I started this project (long before I first heard of Organissimo or its BFT) I thought it would be easy to select the 25 greatest Jazz Bassists. How extremely naive of me.
  3. BFT #29 Disc 2 Answers

    The cuts for Disc 2 are: Album: Song Changes And Things: Sam's Things The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1: Turnpike (alternate take) Bebop Revisited Volume 1: Mischievous Lady The Chicago Sound: Be-Ware Jazz Sounds Of Africa: La Ibkey Cecil Payne: Scotch and Milk : Scotch and Milk Clifford Brown: Study in Brown: George's Dilemma Chocolate Cadillac: Chocolate Cadillac Leroy Walks Again!: Motherland The Mastersounds: I Could Write A Book Sonority: Bella Rosa Passing Thoughts: Hotel Le Hot Soloflights: Ode To Jimi
  4. BFT #29 Disc 2 Answers

    The Bassists selected for Disc 2 are: Sam Jones: Jazz Bassist and cellist. Percy Heath: Impeccable time and ecellent note choices mark this cornerstone of Jazz history. Red Callender: Charles Mingus' first Bass instructor Wilbur Ware: While others of his era were focused on Jimmy Blanton's harmonic and melodic innovations, Wilbur was expanding Blanton's rhythmic style. Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Ahmed Abdul-Malik was one of the first musicians to integrate non-Western musical elements into jazz John Ore: Monk's Bassist from 1960 to 1963. While playing with Jazz's best he studied Bass at Juilliard. George Morrow: Participated in the some of the classic recordings of modern Jazz with Clifford Brown and Max Roach. After leaving Max Roach he ended up in the house band at Disney World. Red Mitchell: Tuning his Bass in fifths instead of the usual fourths gave him a very unique sound and range. Hearing this album for the first time caused me to switch from electric bass guitar to Upright Bass. Leroy Vinnegar: Every Bassist looks to Leroy Vinnegar's walking lines. Leroy worked with all of teh West Coast Jazz Greats Monk Montgomery: This brother to Wes Montgomery was the first Bassist to play Jazz seriously on the Fender Bass. Curtis Counce: The Bop era's must underrated Bassist. Rufus Reid: I met Rufus Reid at the Jamey Abersold Summer Jazz workshop. In addition to being an amazing Bassist and Bass educator he is one of the kindest, caring human beings I have ever met. Lynn Seaton:I met Lynn at the Jamey Abersold Summer Jazz workshop where Uncle Skid and I shared Sushi with him. Lynn is my favorite living Bassist.
  5. BFT #29 Disc 1 Answers

    The Cuts: Album: Song Blue Clarinet Stomp: Bully Fiddle Blues Duke Ellington 1929: Freeze And Melt John Kirby: Zooming At The Zombie Count Basie: 1936-1938 : Roseland Shuffle Bob Haggart: Portrait Of Bix Featuring Tom Pletcher: Peg O' My Heart Bowin', Singin' Sam: Deuces Wild The Judge At His Best: What Am I Here For Duke Ellington: Solos, Duets & Trios : Sophisticated Lady (Take 1) Albert Ammons : 1946-1948: Hiroshima The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet: Chasin' the Bass Art Blakey: A Night At Birdland, Volume 1: A Night in Tunisia Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music Vol. 1: Nice Work If You Can Get It Miles Davis: Jazz Showcase: Blue Haze Don Elliott: Double Trumpet Doings: Dominick Seventh Bebop Revisited Volume 1: Boomsie Live at Scullers Jazz Club: Whirlybird Jazz In Hollywood: Snootie Little Cutie Mosaic Select 5_ Paul Chambers (Disc 2): Four Strings Olio: Dakar
  6. BFT #29 Disc 1 Answers

    After a lot of mental torture I ended up with this list of bassists for disc 1: Bill Johnson: Father of Slap Bass Wellman Braud: Showed that the Bass could replace the tuba on a recording John Kirby: Doubled on tuba and The Bass Walter Page: One of the first Bassists to also be a successful Band Leader Bob Haggart: Wrote the first Jazz-Bass method book Slam Stewart: His ability to play arco and scat an octave above Milt Hinton: The most recorded bassist in jazz history Jimmy Blanton: First Bassist to take a melodic approach to soloing on the bass Isreal Crosby: An underrated but brilliant bassist Oscar Pettiford: First Bassist to truly explore bebop. Incredible 8th note walking lines as well as solos that would sound good on any instrument. Curly Russell: Played with all the major Bebop greats. Gene Ramey: A student of Walter Page and played equally well in Bebop and Swing bands. Tommy Potter: Made his mark backing up Charlie Parker. Eddie Safranski: A very popular Bassist during the transition from Swing to Bebop. Chubby Jackson: Played a 5 string Bass with a high C string. Ray Brown: RAY BROWN! Nothing more needs to be said. Harry Babasin: The Bear. One of the first fusion Bassists, bringing together Jazz and Brazilian music. Paul Chambers: The most influential Bassist. Soloist, solid rhythm section member. Amazing! Doug Watkins: Solid walker and soloist. Worked with many of the greats.
  7. Happy Birthday, Upright Bill!

    Is it just the dirty old man in me or does the girl on the far left REALLY like her Bass?
  8. Happy Birthday, Upright Bill!

    Sorry to hear that. Have a happy birthday, after work! ← My son is taking me to the Indian restaurant for lunch (Lamb Vindaloo ). After work I'm going to open up my first ever "Made by Bill" bottle of wine.
  9. Happy Birthday, Upright Bill!

    As per the tradition, I brought treats. I brought in 24 of the biggest globs of fried dough I'd ever seen. I work in a section with 5 other people. Fourteen minutes later they were all gone. I got birthday wishes from people I haven't seen since the last time I brought in doughnuts. Where does one buy a donut detector?
  10. Happy Birthday, Upright Bill!

    Awesome photo! It is now my desktop.
  11. BFT #29 Disc 1 Answers

    I will post the actual answers this weekend because I'm working FAR too many hours right now. Sorry for the delay. However, for now, here is the list of Bassists I originally selected: Bill Johnson Wellman Braud John Kirby Walter Page Bob Haggart Slam Stewart Milt Hinton Jimmy Blanton Isreal Crosby Oscar Pettiford Curly Russell Gene Ramey Tommy Potter Eddie Safranski Chubby Jackson Ray Brown Harry Babasin Paul Chambers Doug Watkins Sam Jones Percy Heath Charles Mingus Red Callender Wilbur Ware Ahmed Abdul-Malik John Ore Larry Gales Jymie Merritt George Morrow George Duvivier Red Mitchell Leroy Vinnegar Monty Buwig Monk Montgomery Joe Mondragon Curtis Counce Albert Stinson Joe Comfort Scott Lafaro Jimmy Garrison Bob Cranshaw Butch Warren Larry Ridley Charlie Haden Ron Carter Richard Davis Eugene Wright Chuck Isreals Gary Peacock Eddie Gomez Marc Johnson Dave Holland Peter Ind Wilbur Little Rufus Reid Lynn Seaton To avoid moving into a third disc (actually 3rd and 4th) I eliminated many of them. I will try to explain why each was selected as well. Oh yeah, and I'll identify all the cuts.
  12. Happy Birthday, Upright Bill!

    Thank you all! I'm working
  13. BFT #29 Sign Up

    Sure, send me a PM with your address. Bill
  14. BFT #29 Disc 1 Discussion

    I've been trying to hold my comments until all CDs have been recieved. However, with only one outstanding I'm going to break my silence. I'm impressed at the number of correct answers. I'm amused by some of the wrong ones. The cat is out of the bag as far as the theme goes (its was obvious to many before the discs were mailed). Its all about bassists. The bassists were selected before the tracks. Many great bassists were cut because a 4-disc BFT (I suspect) would have been frowned upon. One track was selected for its historical significance. Others because they were little known (I thought) sessions by that bassist. Yet others because I liked them. More later. Bill
  15. BFT #29 Disc 2 Discussion

    There is a theme to BFT #29. Correct identification of the theme will result in additional points which can be redeemed for lovely prizes. Discs 2 is merely the overflow from disc 1 and should not be listened to as a distinct entity. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!