Thursday, March 01, 2007

15-60-75: THE NUMBERS BAND


















...so from about '75 - '78-ish, i played in Kent's fabulous 15-60-75, a/k/a The Numbers Band. out of the blue, i got a call from Bob Kidney saying that their regular bass player could not make a gig on March 3rd...and was i free? now, i played bass back then with them, and it was a phenonmenal musical education...so The Man Who Can't Say No did not say no.

been cramming all week and been trying to catch up on thirty-some years of their musical evolution. very interesting life-wise to be looping back...here's some of the tricksticksquirks bass players need to rememberforget inorder to make BK's songs work:

1) DON'T PLAY WITH THE DRUMS

2) ON A BLUES, DON'T PLAY/FEEL/ACCENT THE "1"/TONIC

3) NO TAGS AT THE END OF A I-IV-V BLUES CHANGE

4) ALL FILLS SHOULD BE QUARTER NOTE TRIPLETS

5) BARS/VERSES/CHORUSES CAN BE CHANGED/EXTENDED ON THE SPOT...SO BE ON YOUR TOES

6) YOU WILL PLAY 6/8 AGAINST 4/4...AND YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE IT SWING

7) CHORD CHANGES SHIFT AGAINST YOUR PART MORE OFTEN THAN NOT/FOLLOW THE VOCALS VS. 'THE SONG'

8) ALL CHORD CHANGE DOWNBEATS ARE ANTICIPATED...OR NOT

whew...

come see us if you are free. i'll be the guy smiling as he hangs on by his fingernails...and trys to find the "1"!

THE NORTHSIDE

111 North Main Street (Next to Luigiā€™s)
Akron, Oh 44308-1921
330-434-7625

SHOWTIME: 9:30PM

NP: "Hot Wire" = their live recordings from '91-92...fabulous stuff.

PEEVE DE JOUR: thirty-plus years of rust.

JOIE DE JOUR: WD-40.

N.B.A.T.W.P.:

P. G. SIX
Record release party at Tonic (107 Norfolk St, NYC)
this coming Sunday
March 4th at 8pm

P.G. Six (aka Pat Gubler) with Bob Bannister, Debby Schwartz,
and Robert
Dennis and others!!!

with special guest Jack Rose opening

8pm $10

"Slightly Sorry" out now on Drag City LP and CD: http://dragcity.com/dragcity.html

cb...where are you?






OHIO

4 Comments:

Blogger Fonzi said...

Very interesting .Thanks

12:08 AM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

are you a local? don't you know who they are? it's not music for kids, really = too sophisticated/nuanced. generational differences come into play, too, re: them with anyone under 35 or so....unless they KNOW, ya know??

i'd advise you to go...or maybe with their regular bass player who's pretty great.

cb

12:32 AM  
Anonymous rickdailey said...

#1 rule is don't play with the drums!? I guess that's why the blues never really caught on with the public at-large.

Hope to stop by Saturday, if only for while...

6:53 PM  
Anonymous JK in PA said...

Reminds me of a line by Captain Beefheart, about the Magic Band: "They're so together, they sound untogether."

2:01 PM  

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