Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Fender Jazz Bass with player connections - and a side of Honey

The classic Fender Jazz Bass.  We will get back to this group shortly - but for now - let's discuss the Fender Jazz Bass.  My pal Dan (in a local band called the Bad Dads) owns both but prefers the tone of the Fender Precision or P Bass.  The Jazz Bass (or J Bass) was the second model of electric bass guitars created by Leo Fender.  According to available sources (and my pal Dan!) the Jazz bass is distinct from the Precision Bass in that its tone is brighter and richer in the mid-range and treble with less emphasis on the fundamental harmonic.  Because of this, many bass players who want to be more "forward" in the mix (such as smaller bands such as power trios - think Rush, Triumph, and ZZ Top) prefer the Jazz Bass.  I think do recall seeing Geddy Lee of Rush use mainly the Jazz Bass when we saw them in concert a few months ago.  The sound of the Fender Jazz Bass has been fundamental in the development of signature sounds in certain musical genres, such as funkdiscoreggaebluesheavy metal and jazz fusion.  On the above photo - of Taste of Honey, on the right is Hazel P. Payne – Guitar and Lead Vocals and over on the left is Janice M. Johnson – Bass and Lead Vocals.  To me, TOH are like the distaff equivalent of Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.  Speaking of Bernard Edwards - I read that he played: the Music Man StingRay (that was bequeathed to Duran Duran's John Taylor after his death), a Fender Precision Bass, and a B.C. Rich "Eagle" bass during the prime of Chic. Later he would also use a Spector NS. He also was known to play a G&L L-1000 and a Sadowsky standard.

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