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ZEP’S DEFINITIVE BASS GURU

The Telegraph, Calcutta India

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It is perhaps fitting to start our 2009 series of Learning With t2 with a bass player who has influenced whole generations — the inimitable John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. It is nearly a must for every budding bass player — why, every musician — to study the groovy bass lines that act as the backbone for Zeppelin’s unique sound, and Jones himself is one of the most interesting bass players from the late 1960s.

Every musician finds inspiration in a predecessor and so did Jones — in the bass playing of Phil Upchurch of Chicago. In Led Zeppelin, Jones’s bass lines were characterised by the coming together of powerful melody and time, going hand-in-glove with the band’s rhythmic powerhouse, drummer John Bonham.

Overtones of genres like blues, funk and Motown are unmistakable in Jones’ playing, which is also a key to the success of this British rock band. People would not only come to hear Zeppelin play, they would also come to dance.

Jones comes up as a perfect example on the subject of versatility of a musician. Apart from Zeppelin, he had done sessions as a bass player-composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (playing keyboard, mandolin, guitars, ukulele, continuum, recorder etc) with bands and artists like John McLaughlin, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, R.E.M., Peter Gabriel, the Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney, to name but a few.

Jones’ contributions to the Zeppelin sound extended to the use of other instruments, including an unusual triple-necked acoustic instrument consisting of a six- and a 12-string guitar and a mandolin. He also advocated the use of pedals or single-unit processors to complement the sound of the band.

His bass-lines were always intertwined with the melody of the song — sometimes with it, sometimes as a support — but always complementing the drummer, always powerful and usually promiscuous.

He used a 1961 Fender Jazz Bass till 1975, before moving on to custom-designed Alembics for the road.

The quietest member of Zeppelin, Jones released his first solo recording as a single for Pye Records in April 1964 which featured Baja. Some of his solo works are Scream For Help, The Sporting Life, Zooma and The Thunderthief.

Since Led Zeppelin’s split in 1980 with the death of Bonham, Jones has collaborated with a number of artistes. Jones played in the Led Zeppelin reunion show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun.

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http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090416/jsp/entertainment/story_10827752.jsp

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Games on groove

ZEP’S DEFINITIVE BASS GURU

The Telegraph, Calcutta India

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It is perhaps fitting to start our 2009 series of Learning With t2 with a bass player who has influenced whole generations — the inimitable John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. It is nearly a must for every budding bass player — why, every musician — to study the groovy bass lines that act as the backbone for Zeppelin’s unique sound, and Jones himself is one of the most interesting bass players from the late 1960s.

Every musician finds inspiration in a predecessor and so did Jones — in the bass playing of Phil Upchurch of Chicago. In Led Zeppelin, Jones’s bass lines were characterised by the coming together of powerful melody and time, going hand-in-glove with the band’s rhythmic powerhouse, drummer John Bonham.

Overtones of genres like blues, funk and Motown are unmistakable in Jones’ playing, which is also a key to the success of this British rock band. People would not only come to hear Zeppelin play, they would also come to dance.

Jones comes up as a perfect example on the subject of versatility of a musician. Apart from Zeppelin, he had done sessions as a bass player-composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (playing keyboard, mandolin, guitars, ukulele, continuum, recorder etc) with bands and artists like John McLaughlin, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, R.E.M., Peter Gabriel, the Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney, to name but a few.

Jones’ contributions to the Zeppelin sound extended to the use of other instruments, including an unusual triple-necked acoustic instrument consisting of a six- and a 12-string guitar and a mandolin. He also advocated the use of pedals or single-unit processors to complement the sound of the band.

His bass-lines were always intertwined with the melody of the song — sometimes with it, sometimes as a support — but always complementing the drummer, always powerful and usually promiscuous.

He used a 1961 Fender Jazz Bass till 1975, before moving on to custom-designed Alembics for the road.

The quietest member of Zeppelin, Jones released his first solo recording as a single for Pye Records in April 1964 which featured Baja. Some of his solo works are Scream For Help, The Sporting Life, Zooma and The Thunderthief.

Since Led Zeppelin’s split in 1980 with the death of Bonham, Jones has collaborated with a number of artistes. Jones played in the Led Zeppelin reunion show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun.

Source:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090416/jsp/entertainment/story_10827752.jsp

PlanetPage, what a great post. The man IMHO is a musical genius...and the fact that he looks amazing doesn't hurt :thumbsup:

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These are officially my faves... :wub:

He really was hot as hell in the LZ days...and now after seeing him with TCV--I have to say the man is aging quite well.

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I don't know if anyone's seen this yet :) 1970

~Click for a little bit bigger~

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I have, but thank you for posting it here. The colors are lovely.

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the facial hair looks really good on him. i always thought he looked really young compared to the other guys and this makes him look a bit more older/mature.

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