The guitarists in David Bowie’s musical share personal experiences of the band and the gear that captures the sound and spirit of his iconic songs. I have a fretted P-bass, and a fretless J-bass, so a number of the tone variations are because of the pickups more than anything, however the tones that come from a fretless are still different. The way your fingertip pinches the string in opposition to the fretboard dampens the very best overtones without disturbing the middle ones, so you get a warm” sound that’s not boring”. My column Tone Loco discusses this in more element.
For Red Mitchell (1927-1992), jazz was a search for personal id. Within the ’50s, he labored with Hampton Hawes and Ornette Coleman. Mitchell’s contrapuntal bass traces and melodic solos set him apart from different beboppers. Mitchell was a mentor to Charlie Haden and Scott LaFaro. In 1966, he started tuning … Read More