Posted by fusionman on January 10, 2001 at 07:31:26:
Sometimes I've been asked who I would choose if I could round up the best musicians in one band.
For instance, vocals: Lenny Kravitz, lead guitar: Steve Vai, Rhythm guitar: Keith Ridchard, bass guitar: Flea, etc. The most usual thing is to say your own favourite players, but would this kind of a band really work. If everybody is good at their instrument is the band automatically good.
The first thing that comes into mind is that do their musical styles differ too much. Let's take the players in the example and add a drummer to it, let's say Carter Beuaford from Dave Matthews Band. OK, now we have a basic rock group line-up. First, let's look at the rhythm section. Beauford has great experience with the drums, he has recorded with Victor Wooten and Santana, not to mension his grooving playing with The Dave Matthews Band. Then there is Flea, Flea has very varing basslines with his band The Red Hot Chili Peppers and he has even proven his studio musician capebilities by recording with Alanis Morisette. So all in all, I would think the rhythm section could work pretty well and it would be quite intresting to here these two jam. So far we have a funky jam band and Keith Ridchard, Ridchard is definately a rock 'n' roll guitarist, so I think we'll have to drop the funky touch out. Now we have a rhythmic rock band with a jazzy touch from Beuaford. Next on the list is Steve Vai, Vai is... well, what is he? He can surtainly play the guitar but his style of playing might be a bit strainge for this band. But, on the other hand, he could make the band really intresting and exeptional. I don't know what style this band is anymore and when we but Lenny Kravitz to the vocals I'm totally confused. I quess we have to put it into the always spreading category of Rock. But I don't really think this band would work.
So what would be the best round-up? For the rhythm section I would go for Vinnie Colaiuta and Nathan East as they both are experienced studio musicians, they would be good in any style. You can think of the rest.
tell me your suggestions for THE BAND. Here's mine:
(Not nessessary the best working band but my favorite players are included.)
Drums: Dave Weckl
Bass: Victor Wooten
guitar: Buzz Feiten
Saxophone: Eric Marienthal
Keybords: Chester Thompson
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