Music.. Medicine for the Soul

My other passion….messing around on the bass.

It’s actually therapy, but a good kind of therapy. Listening to music and playing an instrument is a huge stress reliever that also helps take my mind off my breathing problems. I learned to read music in elementary and junior High School, but didn’t pick up the bass again until just 5 years ago at the age of 56– now you couldn’t pry the thing out of my hands.( For the complete backstory, check out this post.)

I love all types of music, but being bass oriented I tend to lean towards jazz, big band and Latin styles, or anything with a melodic or walking bass line. Below are some videos of me playing tunes from the SmartMusic catalog, as well as covers from various artists and composers. This is more of an educational hobby for me, but it’s one that I really enjoy and gives me a lot of pleasure. Because I often have problems with muscle cramping in my neck and fingers (a side effect of my medications), I’m allowed to screw up or act as geeky as I want when I play.

A special thank you to Rick Shaw, Kris Berg and Alan Baylock for their educational and musical contributions to the modern jazz world.

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Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw
Grammy winner and Bassist Extraordinaire

 Bassist extraordinaire

Rick is the bassist for Johnny Mathis and Gordon Goodwin‘s Big Phat Band.

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I love you ( Cole Porter)

Take the A train ( Alan Blaylock version)

Take the A train ( Billy Strayhorn)

Yo Tannenbaum (arr Gordon Goodwin)

Still the one (Orleans)

Is there life after Bee Bop? ( Jeff Jarvis) Bee Bop

Back in the Basement (Brett Zvacet) Swing

The Days of Wine and Roses ( Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, arr Dave Rivelo) Swing

Jeannine (Duke Pearson) Swing

Bernie’s tune(Bernie Miller, arr Dave Wolpe) Swing

Don’t put it down ( Galt MacDermot)

El Macho Muchado(Gordon Goodwin, Rick Shaw ) Samba

Isle Verde ( Jeff Jarvis) Salsa

I’m OK, We’re OK ( Kris Berg) Swing

Alianza (Erik Morales) Latin Swing

Bill’s Thrills ( Lars Halle) Swing

Go tell it on the Mountain ( arr Alan Baylock) Gospel,Jazz waltz

Nothing could be hotter than that Manhattan Transfer, Armstrong)Swing

Yesterdays(Kris Berg Jazz)

Pecking Order ( Kris Berg)

Yo Sin Ti (Eros Ramozzotti)

Good Morning Starshine (Galt MacDermot; Gerome Ragni,James Rado )

Aint nothing like the real thing. Original backing track ( Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Bass line by James Jamerson/Bob Babbit)

School of thought (Kris Berg)

Chirimbolo ( Victor Lopez)

Big Swing Face (William O Potts, arr Rich Sigler)

Aquarius (Galt MacDermot;Gerome Ragni; James Rado)

Johnny come lately(Billy Strayhorn, arr Eric Morales)

On Green Dolphin Street ( Gordon Goodwin, Rick Shaw, Oscar Peterson)

Blues to begin with ( Bill Liston)

Time Management ( Kris Berg)

Little Big Gumbo ( Victor Lopez)

Armandos Big Band (Allen Wittig)

Cold Duck Time ( Eddie Harris, arr Eric Moralez)

Zebrano (Andrew Neu)

Boz ( Jeff Jarvis)

Squiggly (Kris Berg)

Limestreet Blues ( Phillip Braham)

Amazing Grace (arr Dave Rivello)

La Suerte De Los Tontos Victor Lopez

Confide in me (Manhattan Transfer)

Easy (Al Jarreau)

Nothing Personal (Cover, Micheal Brecker)

Electric blues old fashioned melody(Hair sound track,Galt MacDermot;Tom Pierson)

Kelsier (Stockton Helbing, arr Kris Berg)

Games (Kris Berg)

Winter wonderland(Babyface)

My Favorite things (Barry Manilow)

Fuego en el Fuego ( Eros Ramozzzotti)

My old friend ( Al Jarreau)

A Few Good Men ( Gordon Goodwin)

Absolutely Awesome (Lennie Niehaus)

R U Chicken ( Kris Berg Jazz)

Beata Solitudine (Eros Ramozzotti)

Four Brothers ( Manhattan Transfer)

Teach me tonight( Al Jarreau)

The Chicken ( Kris Berg Jazz)

Just in Time( Jule Stein, arr by Roy Phillippe)

Talk is Cheap( Kris Berg)

Masquerade ( Cover)

My Ship(Gershwin)

Till there was you ( bass tribute) Paul Mc Cartney,Meredith Willson

And your bird can sing ( Beatles)

Cresent City Stomp( Dave Brubeck, arr Kris Berg)

Closer to your love ( bass cover) Al Jarreau ( Al Jarreau)

Believe ( Paul Clark)

Take the A train( Duke Ellington)

Give it one (Maynard Ferguson) arr, Alan Blaylock

Stompin on a Riff (David Berger)

Hit the Bricks (Gordon Goodwin)

Hook, Line and Swinger ( Rob Vuono)

No Spring Chicken ( Kris Berg Jazz)

Horn of Puente(Gordon Goodwin, Rick Shaw on Bass)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ( arr, Gordon Goodwin)

Beata Solitudine ( Eros Ramazzotti)

Narnian Dance ( Kris Berg)

Lulu’s left town ( Mark Taylor)

Christmas is just around the corner ( bass tribute) Barry Manilow

I was made to love her ( Bass tribute) James Jamerson, Stevie Wonder

Ive got my love to keep me warm ( Barry Manilow)

Winter Wonderland ( Felix Bernard, arr Jack Cooper)

Sing Sing Sing ( Louis Prima, arr. Gordon Goodwin)

Jitterbug Waltz ( Thomas Waller, arr Eric Richards)

Povo (Freddie Hubbard, Eric Morales)

La Almeja Pequena ( Gordon Goodwin)

Stars and Stripes ( John Phillip Sousa, Arr by Wycliffe Gordon)

A Chili Pepper Christmas (arr Doug Beach, George Shutack)

Jingle Bells( Barry Manilow duet with Expose)

Morning Dance ( Spyro Gyra, )

Hit the Ground Running( Gordon Goodwin)

Rio ( Keith Jones)

Peaceful Thunder (Louis Bellson, Dave Black arr. George Stone)

Go Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (arr,Gordon Goodwin, Big Phat Band)


(Click here for Christmas tunes)

For more background info on my interest in music, check out this post I wrote last year.

Btw, Winston is no longer allowed in my Music room. Not because I’m trying to keep my practice space as hypoallergenic as possible, but because a carpet covered speaker cabinet makes the perfect scratching post for a cat. He’s torn the crap out of it.

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