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Pizzicato Chords on Upright Bass

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Hello. I'm looking for recommendations on recordings where the upright bass player mixes in some pizzicato chords. Upright bass players usually play single note sequences, so when they introduce chords it creates a cool effect. Why is it so uncommon? Is it technically difficult?

Ron Cater does it on the Charles Bell Quartet's "My Favorite Things" and Gary Peacock does it a lot on Paul Bley's Mr. Joy. What else is out there? Thank you for your help. -Colin

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This is an Alex Blake specialty. His album "Now is the Time" is a great one. He also is excellent with Randy Weston, who certainly lets him do his thing. He is well presented in the DVD or cd of "Live at St. Lucia."

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Guess there'd be some examples on the lovely "Zep Tepi" disc, too?

Saw the trio live a couple of years ago and it was magnificient. Blake was especially wonderful, very joyous and playful... he played seated on a barstool and the bass looked like a little cello in his hands...

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Jimmy Garrison too, especially in his flamencoesque solos. Check out his playing on:

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Also on some of the European tour stuff with Trane where he gets to stretch out.

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