Re: Ray Brown, Al McKibbon (etc) must have switched to steel strings for a valid reason!


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Posted by Bobby Daniel on November 12, 2001 at 07:49:09:

In Reply to: Re: Ray Brown, Al McKibbon (etc) must have switched to steel strings for a valid reason! posted by Monte on November 11, 2001 at 14:02:31:

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: : : 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!

: : Marco

Please forgive my ignorance but I'm not familiar with Al McKibbon, I'm a fan of that sound you describe him being so instrumental in signifing.
Could someone tell me some records he played on so I can eduacate myself.
By the way I just finished the Milt Hinton book Basslines, all bass players upright or other, owe it to them selves to pick this up.It paints such a vivid picture of what it was like to be a musician in the 30's,40's etc.
What a great man he was.May he rest peacefully.

Any help would be greatly appeciated
Bobby D.
: 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.

: Monte




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