Posted by Monte on November 11, 2001 at 14:02:31:
In Reply to: Re: Ray Brown, Al McKibbon (etc) must have switched to steel strings for a valid reason! posted by Marco P. on November 11, 2001 at 10:16:36:
: : PS Is Al McKibbon still with us / playing? He sounds great on that early 60's Phineas Newborn video.
: I had the honor of playing with him at the Hollywood Bowl last August for a Shirley Horn trio concert with strings. John Clayton was conducting, I was in the orchestral bass section and Al was subbing for Charles Ables, who couldn't make it at the last minute. Great human being, still playing his ass off!
: I also tried his bass...it must be 300+ years old, a dream to play...he strings it with thomastik spirocore **solo** gauge, tuned a step below... and wasn't he the one who had created a legendary sound on gut? Well...good food for thought!
Is he still using that 1650 Jacob Steiner? Unbelievable sounding bass. Solo strings would approximate gut tension. I love that deep fundamental that solid steel strings just seem to lack.
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