With the drummer, the bass is locking into the beat that establishes and drives the groove. With the bass notes, you're locking into the chord that is shared by the lead and supporting o instruments, in most cases a key note of the chord. And all this is changing at a rate determined by the tempo and in a direction determined by the tune and the improvisations of the lead instrument. The bass player is very conscious of the togetherness of the group and how much everyone is on the same page and constantly striving to make it better. What an experience in sharing the experience of making something joyful happen!
More Articles in Community Articles
M.O.D. Technologies Adds Re-Imagined US / Russia Collaboration To Its Incunabula Digital Series, TIMEZONE - Lost Nations
SFJAZZ Collective Comes to the Wallis Annenberg Center
Chick Corea Herbie Hancock Tour 2015 in Philadelphia
Chris Potter Takes Charge at SFJAZZ
Light of Jazz in a Dark PLace
George Coleman & Charles Lloyd: Two Tenors from Memphis