[Dixielandjazz] Bass Solos

Patrick Cooke patcooke at cox.net
Fri Jul 23 09:32:46 PDT 2004

     Maybe you just haven't heard the right bass player yet.
Why a drum solo?  or for that matter, any other instrument.  There is
definitely an element of ego involved....it's the player's chance to "show
Maybe it's to keep the bass player from falling asleep or dying of boredom.
Bass players whose leaders want them to play 2-beat all the time are
especially susceptible to this.

Having said the above, there are some bass players who play the same thing
on a solo as they play when they are backing the group.  This strikes me as
being  rather pointless, and could be the kind of bass solos you've been
                Pat Cooke

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thompson" <rebecca.e.thompson at verizon.net>
To: "'dixie'" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 7:44 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Bass Solos

> Which leads me to ask the question.  Why are bass players given a solo?
> it just for their ego?  Or just a way to give the other players a rest?
> Seems no one really appreciates them...
> I LOVE the bass line when played with other players.  BUT solo?  Very
> seldom.
> Rebecca Thompson
> Flower Mound, TX
> -----Original Message-----
> >I have noticed that people do not pay
> much attention to bass/tuba solos<
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