mercoledì 6 giugno 2018

I know that's Richard (of RBB) on the left but who is the other guy?



Actually that's Christian McBride one of the world's leading jazz double bass players.
He played my doublebass (The Gloria) briefly this afternoon.

Tell us more Richard (of RBB)!

Well Christian was playing with his quartet at the Opera House in Wellington this evening. Yesterday I got an excited call from my son, "Dad, Christian McBride is looking for a bass to use."
George had been in contact with the appropriate people, one of whom was my niece Eva, and it was agreed to assemble a few basses for Christian to choose from.
I think that George was really just looking for a way to meet the great man.
Four of us (I'm counting George and I as one) turned up with our basses and waited. I must admit that I wasn't keen to lend my bass, in case Christian wanted things altered on it, but you do these things for your son. Eventually the band arrived and Mr McBride turned out to be a charming man. He tried all four basses - they all sounded good to me. He said that he liked them all but...
"I'm gonna stick with the lady I went to the dance with."
It took us all a little while to work out what he meant.
He had a fold up travel double bass and he'd decided to stick with the bass he knew.
"A wise decision." I thought.

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The man sure can play (no surprise there) and we all had a great night of jazz. Though I must admit that the stuff his band played wasn't really my cup of tea. Before Christian's concert we had heard another great band featuring two American jazz guitar players. It's great to have a jazz festival like this in Wellington.




11 commenti:

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Robert will be pleased that you are making friends with Christians.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

A collapsible double bass . . . whatever next?

I'm not that keen on Jazz, it's just too unpredictable for easy listening.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Collapsible double bass players would be the next progression.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

My mother used to say, when we played jazz, "It sounds like you've lost your place."

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

My dad used to say, "That's not the sort of tune you'd whistle while painting the roof."

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Easy listening is like going for a drive instead of a walk.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

Exactly!

Robert ha detto...

Yeah mum was very smart .. think where did you get your brains...if she said that she would have been correct 99.9%.
Dad had tastes like Chris that reflect the decade you heard it when at a certain age like a lot of good folk. Nothing wrong with that.
Easy listening is a derogatory term that implies something derogatory.
I'd sooner walk with Mozart or Jim Reeves than spend an eternity with Biz Bacter just fluffing around on his sax.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Each to their own.
Villi Manilli and Boney M for me.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

You lot ar weird.
I'd rather walk with my good friend Mr Laphroaig, or at a pinch, Ms Bimbo in a Bikini.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Hey, easy listening is fine. Listen to whatever you like TSB. Read my post 'In Defence of Modern Music'.