Listen To The Bass Player: Part 1, Percy Heath

In the days when I was learning to truly listen, Red Kelly gave me a piece of valuable advice. He told me to close my eyes and in my mind isolate and concentrate on the bass player. He said that when I felt and understood what the bassist was doing, the rest of the music would begin to fall into place. It was a coincidence, of course, that Red was a bass player. As an impoverished student, I had a limited record collection. It consisted of a dozen or so 10-inch LPs, and it happened that … [Read more...]