Spectrasonics Bass Legends John Patitucc [1 CD]


Spectrasonics Bass Legends John Patitucci

I'll never forget the first time I heard John Patitucci. It was 1982 and I was coming out of my morning Recording Arts class. As I walked out the door, an incredible 5/4 funk bass groove was blasting from the other side of the campus, so I ran all the way there to hear who was playing. Of course this was before the whole musical world knew about him, but even then it was obvious that John had a special gift that would secure his place amongst the great bass innovators of our time.

John's background reveals his love of musical diversity. Born in Brooklyn, New York, John grew up listening to the Beatles and Motown artists (James Jamerson being a major influence). He picked up the bass when he was 11 and played in a garage band with his older brother Thomas. In 1972 the Patitucci family moved to northern California where John continued honing his rock chops while also working with gospel groups and widening his understanding of jazz.

John went on to study classical bass extensively at San Francisco State University. In 1978 John came to southern California and immersed himself in the burgeoning L.A. jazz scene. His first high-exposure gig cme with pianist Gap Mangione. By the 80's he had established himself as a versatile sideman and session ace working with the likes of Ry Cooder, Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, Robben Ford, Stan Getz, Larry Carlton, Freddie Hubbard, Roby Duke, Ernie Watts, Lee Ritenour, and Dave Gruisin.

Patitucci's reputation went international in 1985 when Chick Corea sought him as a founding member for both his Elektric and Akoustic Bands. John has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, consistently winning polls for "Best Jazz Bassist" and "Best Acoustic Bassist" from the readers of Guitar Player, Jazziz, and other music publications.

The development of John's unique 6 string solo voice has blossomed into a rich solo career including 5 albums recorded for GRP. His album, "Another World" was nominated for a 1993 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He also simultaneously released the artistic triumph "Heart of the Bass" on Corea's Stretch label showcasing his orchestral compositions with trumpeter/composer Jeff Beal. John has recently gone "bi-coastal" setting up shop near his roots of the New York Jazz scene.

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