Remembering Larry Coryell

Another great musician has passed:  Larry Coryell.  I’ve been listening to Larry since the late 60’s when he was first bringing dramatic “rock-like” guitar playing into jazz.  Check out his solo on Carla Bley’s “Some Dirge” from Gary Burton’s “A Genuine Tong Funeral” (1967).  Also, Larry’s sound-barrier breaking solo on Mike Mantler’s “Communications #9 (1968) from the first Jazz Composer’s Orchestra album.  Larry will be sorely missed.

Some Dirge:

Communications #9:

From Jazz to Jurisprudence and Back Again

We all suffer setbacks in life. Consider the professional athlete with a multi-million-dollar contract. He seems to be on top of the world. Then pop goes the hamstring. While some injuries are career ending, others can be career altering…

Read more of this interview with CapRadio’s Gary Vercelli here:  http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/01/19/pianist-dave-bass-from-jazz-to-jurisprudence-and-back-again/

In Concert: Chuco, Rubalcaba, and Camilo

What can I say about the outstanding June 21, 2015 concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco where three superb pianists – apparently for the first time – appeared together on stage. Chucho Valdez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Michel Camilo spent the evening celebrating the intoxicating and eternally gorgeous music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Continue reading →

Madame Chaloff

“Madame Chaloff was the only person I’ve ever met who clearly was deeply in touch with something that went beyond the ordinary…many lessons never progressed beyond one note.  I continue to aspire to that magical weightlessness.  For her, music was always about connecting with something larger than yourself…”

–Dave’s wide-ranging interview with Eric Nemeyer
Jazz Inside, April 2015