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jimmyj
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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:57 pm:   Edit Post

Very funny. In fact we played that song in the set on our first Cunard "adventure" in '09.

The whole concept is pretty silly but ... passage for band, crew and gear to Europe at the cost of playing a couple short gigs on the boat makes some sense. It is a bit odd to play in a theater that is MOVING. I just hope we have better weather this time.

Thanks for the good wishes,
Jimmy J
bigredbass
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Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:47 pm:   Edit Post

That's one of my favorite ancients, used to be in a band and the chart started on that flat-seven riff in unison, what a hoot.

I love the sea, and what a treat to sail on such a ship on such a historic route to England. Plus your things don't get smacked around under an airplane, not bad at all.

Well, here's hoping it's flat enough to water ski behind the Queen.

J o e y
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:14 am:   Edit Post

I'll share this here... this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFvGq-52I8I

of JT doing "Frozen Man" has the camera slowly pan across Jimmy in the background with (one of?) his cone-headstock Alembic five-strings. Can't quite tell what other features it has, but in addition to that being one of my favorite ever JT tunes, I must have played that clip 500 times just to hear the bass. One of the bands I play in has tried in vain several times to add this tune to the set list. Beautiful bass, and a great bass line too.
jimmyj
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:05 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for that Gregory. That is a great song isn't it?

It's also an example of how the bass parts are already written and played by JT on most of his tunes. I don't know of anybody who plays guitar quite like him ... and those bass lines come with the package. All I do is pick and choose how much of what he's already playing should be doubled an octave lower.

That clip is from around '92 and is probably my "recording" bass - an '87 series II. Great to see Don Grolnick and Carlos Vega and remember that happy time. We miss those guys.

Jimmy J
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:32 am:   Edit Post

Nice video! Thanks for posting.
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:48 pm:   Edit Post

JT is one of those guys you hate to pick favorites from, but yes, Frozen Man is epic.

I notice you often reference the guitar bassline as the strongest influence on what you play. Couldn't agree more... I'm fortunate enough to be playing with a very gifted young guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with whom I'm able to do just that - listen to his lines and pare down from there. He often reminds me though, it still takes a bass player to *hear it* that way.

I truly appreciate your craft.
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Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy J,

I am very excited that I'll get to see you with JT in New Orleans come November. As always, I do hope you get time to enjoy some good eats and local music.

I'll bring my "Grasshopper" album and a Sharpie just in case I get lucky enough to run into you again:-)

Best,

Ed Vigueira
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Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy, thank you so much for a wonderful concert here in Copenhagen yesterday. It was great to get to meet you and have a little chat. Bass idol AND super cool guy!
Cheers,
Kaspar
jimmyj
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Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:50 am:   Edit Post

Gregory, thanks again for the above.

Ed, that seems like a long way off but remind me when we get closer...

Kaspar,
It was great to hang with you and Mikkel for a moment Tuesday night, I enjoyed that. I'm glad you guys were free, thanks again for coming to the gig and saying hello. And for all the kind words posted here too!

Carry on!
Jimmy J
jacko
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Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 1:21 am:   Edit Post

Looking forward to monday evening Jimmy. should get a great view from the front row :-)

Graeme
jimmyj
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Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 5:02 am:   Edit Post

Yes Graeme, I guess I'll be seeing you too - in the front row! No heckling now. Requesting a bass solo is NOT appropriate behavior in this situation. Ha!

Jimmy J
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 2:20 pm:   Edit Post

:-)

Enjoy!
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:03 am:   Edit Post

Another fantastic show, we were right in front of James and could hear every note perfectly. Jimmy's playing - as ever - was beautiful - I really loved the 'duet' intro to Millworker which really highlighted Jimmy's tone. James threw in a handful of new songs which were great - looking forward to the new album coming out soon. As usual we had a really nice chat - great to catch up.

graeme
jimmyj
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Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 2:53 am:   Edit Post

It was great to see you and the Mrs again Graham. Always nice when true music lovers (and Alembic brothers) come and enjoy the show.

Some good tracks coming on JT's new record. Great songwriting, singing and playing by all. Plus the engineer looks after the bass tone! Yay!

Cheers,
Jimmy J

(Message edited by jimmyj on September 30, 2014)
eddievig
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Posted on Monday, November 03, 2014 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy J,

Just checking in again concerning the New Orleans show; if it is at all possible (without being too big a pain) I'd love to meet up for a minute or two afterward. Let me know of any super-secret passwords, handshakes, or offerings to the security crew if necessary...

Best,

Ed Vigueira
jimmyj
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Posted on Monday, November 03, 2014 - 7:17 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Ed,

If you wouldn't mind posting here what seats you're sitting in at UNO then I will do my best to come out and say hello before the show starts. Concert starts at 8 (no opening act) so doors should open at 7pm. I'll try to be sitting in your seats and maybe we can squeeze in a bass chat before I have to report to work. That's the best I can offer you at the moment but if it sounds OK we'll give it a try.

Even though I stand directly behind Mr. Taylor and am in many of his live camera shots I'm still basically unseen by the majority of the audience. I can usually wander through the venue and not be recognized, sometimes even right after the show. That's all fine me, I prefer it this way! Ha!

Jimmy J
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy.."Even though I stand directly behind Mr. Taylor and am in many of his live camera shots I'm still basically unseen by the majority of the audience. I can usually wander through the venue and not be recognized, sometimes even right after the show. That's all fine me, I prefer it this way! Ha! "

Amazingly this is pretty accurate. When you came to speak to us before the Glasgow gig I don't think anyone around us twigged who you were. It wasn't until the show started that our neighbours asked if that was 'the bass player' we'd been talking to :-) like you say, anonimity can be a good thing - We felt quite sorry for JT who didn't even get off the stage during the interval due to autograph hunters who mobbed him. He must have a cast iron bladder :-)

Graeme
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 5:48 am:   Edit Post

Heard, as opposed to saw you, the other night when JT played in Minneapolis (had bad seats AND one very tall guy sitting/ standing in front of me). Can't get over how tastefully you play in that ensemble - my operational definition of "a pros pro." And while I assume I'm probably in the minority, I came more to listen to you than JT.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 7:31 am:   Edit Post

I'm hoping to catch the show in either Richmond, or Charleston later this month... that Monday 24th looks better than the Friday after Thanksgiving.
eddievig
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy J,

My lovely wife sang with Boz Scaggs for a number of years, and also enjoyed being able to blend in with the civilian population when necessary;) Best of both worlds, methinks...

We're in section P, row 14, seats 5-7...the family and I are looking forward to it!

Many thanks,

Ed
jimmyj
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post

Graeme,
I'm surprised your neighbor noticed even as we started. Ha!

Brian,
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you at least enjoyed the sound. You didn't miss much onstage action except of course for the 30 dancers and the pyro effects on "You've Got A Friend". Ha! Really, not much to watch with us old geezers, thus the somewhat busy video content... But for me it's all about the music and sound so I'm glad to hear that was coming through.

Gregory,
Maybe I can see you at one of those gigs. Let me know if it works out.

Ed,
OK, I'll do my best to get out there and say howdy. But even if we miss connecting with each other I hope you'll enjoy the evening.

best to all,
Jimmy J
jzstephan
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Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy, when you're in Tampa, if you have any time, try to get some Cuban coffee (cafe con Leche) at La Teresita. I wish I was going to the concert, but I just don't like the sound in the hockey rink.
pace
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:06 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Jimmy!...

My co-worker and I will be at the Mohegan Sun gig in a couple of weeks. Should be a good time as always.... LMK if you need to get 'off the reservation' (literally, not metaphorically) pre/post show... :-)
jimmyj
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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

John Z, thanks. If I were a coffee drinker I'd be all over that. But I will enjoy a nice midnight sandwich while I'm down here. I know what you mean about bad sounding venues. Our FOH guy is mighty fine but sometimes even he can't win.

Mike P, maybe I'll see you there. Casino gigs are odd in that they pay very well but then they don't want you to play too long. Because when people are at the show they aren't gambling! That's a bit harsh, they're not all that way. I think we get to play our whole show at the Mohegan Sun (and we'll probably know the tunes pretty well by then) so that should be good. Let me know what seats you're in as it gets closer. If you know.

Nice to see Ed V. and his gals the other night. Thanks again for the CD. Hope you all enjoyed the show.

Jimmy J
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy J,

Many thanks for taking the time to visit... The show was stellar, but the company was even better! It was truly an unforgettable night for us all.
The gals and I are still buzzing about all of it a week later...

Safe travels and Happy Holidays to you, yours, and the whole gang on tour.

Ed V
rustyg61
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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post

Not sure if this has ever been posted, but Roy Vogt posted this on Facebook today - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k5EQWfqVOQ

Which lead to this amazing clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiQMXgfnUVI

Here's Roy's Facebook post - https://www.facebook.com/groups/162730003749416/868430789845997/?notif_t=group_activity

Jimmy. you have been the tone master since the beginning! Incredible playing too!
sonicus
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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:55 pm:   Edit Post

That was great !
dead_head
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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! That was some amazing stuff! I just love that tone...
jimmyj
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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post

Over 30 years ago, yikes! I had no idea any of that Wayne Johnson stuff was recorded, much less on video. (For you youngsters, this was a year before cell phones were rolled out in the US). We had some good fun with that trio.

I sure wonder where that bass went... 76-418 was stolen out of a van in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1987. A particularly odd axe too. The tailpiece was a plate with pins sticking up onto which you slid the ball ends of the strings. Cracked top on both sides of the bass pickup. 5-strings on a 4-string neck... Where could it be? In a closet somewhere? On the wall of some restaurant?

Thanks for the attention and nice comments my friends. Now stop googling me! HA!

Jimmy J
jacko
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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 - 1:33 am:   Edit Post

Just pre-ordered Gadd's '70 strong'. If it's anything like Gadditude it'll be another great album. looking forward to listening to your playing on something new Jimmy, do we have long to wait?
Hard to believe Steve's 70 this year; when we chatted last September I'd have put him in his early 60's at most. Must have a very effective fitness regime :-)

can't be long till the new JT album comes out?

Graeme
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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

Those videos were a pleasant surprise on a cold rainy afternoon. Thanks!
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 - 3:52 pm:   Edit Post

JimmyJ, I'd like to read more about that 5 strings on a 4-string neck, sometime when you've got time. I've thought about that a lot here lately, the logistics of how to do it.

I hope to read here one day you have finally found 76-418. I've never had the misfortune of having an instrument stolen, but my Dad had a Gibson banjo stolen from his office in 1976... he still carries the serial number of that banjo and the phone number of the Wise Co. Sheriff's Office in his wallet to this day.
bigredbass
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post

Gregory, I don't know Alembic's original work with JJ on his first, but it was common at the outset of 'off-the-rack' five strings.

My original BB5000 Yamaha was essentially a 4-string BB3000 with an 1.75" nut width, modded with a five-slot nut, an updated 3+2 Yamaha P-pickup (strangely, an idea only now becoming common 25 years later), a slightly bigger head with the 'add-on' G-tuner, and a five-saddle bridge, all tooled to work inside the original four-string spacing, and these were fairly simple mods from the four-string blueprint.

You essentially wound up with a five string with very tight string-to-string spacing, like a Ric or a very narrow Jazz Bass. Really 'cozy' down at the nut, but you got used to it. I had a Peavey DynaBass (I know . . . .) that was done the same way.

This was not uncommon back in the late 80's, and the widths have been all over the map ever since. IF there's a 'standard', it's probably the ubiquitous Sting Ray Five that introduced it to most people, the first fairly easy five for most people to get their head around, plus they had that Music Man tone which a lot of guys were used to. And getting that big pickup to work on the B-string was not quite the hurdle required to make a P-pickup sound good in the same situation, a classic illustration of 'narrow' vs. 'wide aperture' tone.

Joey
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:43 pm:   Edit Post

Right on Joey, I know what you mean. I have an '87 Gibson V Thunder Series 5-string. Essentially it's an ordinary (well, by Gibson's standards anyway) shaped bass, wired up like a Thunderbird. Darn thing looks uncannily like a cone headstocked Spoiler, painted Ferrari red. The string spacing is pretty much 5 strings squeezed into the same space as the 4-string model, even used the same pickups. They made them for less than a year, and they're not well regarded at all, but it has enormous sentimental value to me. (and the string spacing as you say, you get used to it)

Anyway, I'd given some thought to an Alembic restoration/conversion. Since it's partly Jimmy's fault I play 5-string basses, thought I'd go to the original Alembic fiver guy.
jimmyj
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 3:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hey friends,

Graeme, thanks for supporting the team. Gadd record coming momentarily. James' record probably in a couple months. (Holdsworth record? Within the decade, we hope.)

Gregory and Joey, I think you guys have got it right. When there was enough interest in 5-strings the builders felt the need to offer it but didn't want to retool everything. So what came out first was tight string spacing on whatever they were already making. Then later the Fender players complained enough that many went to standard P-bass "+1" spacing.

What I landed on and got used to is a 1-3/4" nut and around 2-3/16" from the outside edge of the B-string to the outside edge of the G at the bridge. My fretless is even smaller with a 1-5/8" nut and that was clearly because Alembic only had one graphite "neck mold" to fool with at that moment in time.

For a few years before discovering Alembic in '75 I was playing a Gibson Les Paul Recording Bass which was probably already tighter spacing than Fender (and a couple frets shorter!). So the spacing didn't feel too weird to me right off the bat. I also started on electric so I wasn't coming from upright. I guess that makes me a "bass guitarist"

Again, it's just what I got used to and happens to fit my fingers, the way I play, etc. Almost every other bass player who tries my bass finds it a tight squeeze.

Jimmy J
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post

I also prefer a narrow five-string. Both of mine are the Alembic 'Classic' taper, 2" nut by 2.5" at the last fret, so the strings almost feel parallel to me. Yamaha later went crazy with those crazy-wide fives on TRB's.

If I had mad money to build a couple of 'what if . . . ?' axes, one of the first things I'd try would be like the fingerboard on a nylon string classical: Utterly straight end-to-end, no taper at all, and a flat-radius (i.e., NO radius) fingerboard, backed with a flat-back neck profile, REALLY a 'U-shaped' neck profile.

It's interesting to me that I was never at home, a four-string was always too much work, the notes just didn't line up right to me. I'd read about Jimmy and Alembic, and a bass with FIVE strings just said to me "I'm waiting,Joey", and then when I got my first, the little light went on and everything made sense. There's a part of me that always wants a little P/J Precision (the current candidate is the ESP Frank Bello), but every time I pick up a nice one, something is STILL missing, so it just remains a daydream . . .

Joey
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Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 3:11 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy, your neck sounds very similar to my new Europa. Mine is 1.77" at the nut & 2.5" at the 24th. I haven't measured string to string, but with about 1/8" from the edge of the string to the edge of the fretboard, that would put it at 2 1/4" string to string. I love my narrow neck, & your bass was my inspiration for getting the narrow neck! My string spacing feels natural to me. Now when I play my Jazz Bass it feels like I'm missing a string in between the others!
muller1007
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Jimmy,

On March 31st I'm coming to see you play with Mr. Taylor at Theatre Carre in Amsterdam. We have great seats and that venue is really fantastic, so we're in for a treat. It's been some time ago since I've seen you play, 2012 with JT and before that with Allan and Gary in Zoetermeer in '09. That last one was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. The synergy of that trio was truly magical! I'm really looking forward to the JT concert. I hope the Alembic bass will be "nicely present" in the sound ;)

If it's not too much trouble for you, is there any whatever way we can briefly meet up and say hello before the show? I wouldn't mind getting there early.

Thanks!
Duncan
jimmyj
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 8:36 am:   Edit Post

Hey Duncan,

Thanks for the note and the kind words about that Zoetermeer gig. Needless to say, playing with Allan and Gary together has always been a blast for me.

And since you've already heard me in my alternate musical Universe you know what to expect at a JT concert. A different musical experience altogether but still a blast for me. We have a good sound guy so I think the bass will be well represented.

Let me know where you are seated at the Carré and I may be able to come find you before the show. Itinerary says 8pm start and there's no opening act.

Thanks,
Jimmy J
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy, was so sorry to hear about the (unfortunately not un-expected) passing of Mike Porcaro over the weekend. I knew you'd played with Jeff, and wondered if you knew Mike very well, and did he do a lot of session work in his day away from Toto?

Joey
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Joey,

Unfortunate is right. I didn't know Mike very well but he was certainly a fixture on the LA music scene. Especially among the "locals" which included his whole family, Lukather, Carlos Vega, Landau... It mostly hurts to think about their dad Joe who is still an active studio drummer and percussionist. I can't even imagine...

So far I'd have to say that losing friends and family is my biggest complaint about getting old.

But on we go, all ahead full.
Jimmy J
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:34 pm:   Edit Post

I'd agree; sometimes I think of everyone I've lost and almost get 'survivor's grief', and it certainly is my #1 regret about living this long. It is for us the living to honor their memory and carry on, they would tell us no less.

Joey
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Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 2:59 pm:   Edit Post

Well said Joey. +1

Mike
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post

Hi Jimmy,

That would be really nice!
We will be at our seats right after doors open, which is 7:30pm according to Carré. We'll be sitting at Parterre right (first ring around stalls) first row, seats 38 & 40.

Thanks!
Duncan
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00 pm:   Edit Post

OK Duncan, I'll see if I can find you for a quick chat before the music starts. My book says doors at 7 but your info may be more accurate...

Seeya,
Jimmy J
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

My daughter put together a poster with her 99 favorite artists for those times when she could use some inspiration...Alphabetically, that puts you between Elton John and Tom Jones!

Jaco, McCartney, and Michael League are also in there representing the low end...I am finally convinced that I did something right as her dad ;)

Best,

Ed V


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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:43 am:   Edit Post

Oh Ed, that is funny! I'm honored to be a sideman among her list of actual Artists. Ha! And in a good spot between those two.

I guess I would be hard-pressed to come up with 99 of my favorite anythings.

Good stuff.
Jimmy J
jalevinemd
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:06 am:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

Here's a few to get you started:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
jacko
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

Jonathon. You're surely not suggesting Julie Andrews couldn't punctuate ? :-)

Graeme
muller1007
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

I called Carré to make sure: theatre opens at 07.00pm, doors to the stage usually open between 07.15 and 07.30, as soon as everything is ready to go. Hope to see you there.

Btw: just bought my tickets to Steve Gadd's 70-Strong tour at the Boerderij!! That's definately something fun to look forward to!

Enjoy Amsterdam! (despite the weather)

Duncan
lbpesq
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Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2015 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Jimmy, my wife and I just watched you on AXS TV on a 2006 tribute to J.T. I'll bet it was a blast playing with all those musicians performing James' songs.

Bill, tgo
jimmyj
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Post Number: 568
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Posted on Monday, April 06, 2015 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Bill,

That must have been the MusiCares thing? Nice to work with all those talented folks but it was a tricky show to put together. All songs we knew but not in the keys we knew them so there was a lot of prep involved. I don't know if they were able to included Springsteen's version of Millworker but it was heavy.

Thanks,
Jimmy J
lbpesq
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Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 9:22 am:   Edit Post

Yes, it was the MusiCares tribute. Millworker, played by Springsteen on a 12 string, was definitely one of the highlights. But what was Cheech Marin doing there? (Though that may be our six degrees of separation as I have jammed with Tommy Chong).

I can relate to the key changes. I have a Veillette Gryphon - an 18.5" scale 12 string. Since it's tuned in high D (equivalent of the 10th fret of a standard guitar) I have to change keys up a whole step to play with others. Good exercise for the mind.

Bill, tgo
muller1007
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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Jimmy,

Hope you've had a nice short break. Thanks again for the hearty greeting at Carré! Bente and I had such a wonderful time. It was her first JT show and she loved it.

Tomorrow I'm joining a friend to go and see you guys again in Utrecht, ha! Rare opportunity to go twice. I'm looking forward to it. :-)

Have fun!
Duncan
eddievig
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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

Just heard one of the "teaser" tracks from Allan Holdsworth's "Tales From the Vault" project via PledgeMusic with you and Virgil Donati...

Ferocious is the adjective that comes to mind!

I can't wait until the full release (and my AH coffee mug will be a nice touch as well)...

Best,

Ed V
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:27 am:   Edit Post

Hey Jimmy.
Received Gadd's '70 strong' a week or so ago and it's not been out of the CD player since. I'm loving the playing - it seems a little more laid back than gadditude but that may just be my imagination. As ever, your playing holds the whole thing together - I love your track 'Desu' and I'm glad you weren't tempted to turn it into a Clarke-esque bass solo thang :-) The only thing that'll get this album off my player will be the new JT album when it arrives in June :-)

Keep up the good work (and get Gadd to bring the band to Scotland)

Graeme
jos
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

Nice Videos!!! Jimmy RULES!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCjuyZhL46g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez7IzH0Gd90
jimmyj
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

Hey friends,

Ed, thanks for that. We anxiously await the work of our favorite genius Mr. Holdsworth, hoping he can get something finished and out for everybody to enjoy. The poor guy seems to have been stalled on this project for ... 15 years or so. He's got some amazing tracks in the works and we just hope he can finalize something soon... Stay tuned for that.

Graeme, thanks as always for supporting the team. The Gadd thing is yet another lucky experience for me which falls somewhere between my two musical extremes of Taylor and Holdsworth. It's a joy to play with Steve and these cats in ANY situation! This record may be slightly calmer than the first but some fun grooves and great playing by all. "Clarke-esque"? HA! If I could do that I probably would! I'm just a melody guy in the end. Ha!!

Best to all,
Jimmy J
terryc
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:13 am:   Edit Post

As ever Jimmy you are just too humble and modest and if we were all a quarter as good as your playing we would all would be very happy!
eddievig
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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

I'm glad I stayed awake through Fallon last night; it was great to hear the new tune live!

Wish I could say the same for the "Seesaw" bit...but I guess I still miss Carson ;)
eddievig
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Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

Just got the new JT (Target expanded version)...great stuff!

BTW..."tempo intervention"...Can I borrow that?

Best,

Ed
jimmyj
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Post Number: 575
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Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Ed. I'm proud to have been a part of this new JT record. Great songs, production, singing and playing by all. And we're happy for James that it is being so well received. All good!

Of the 8-billion hours of video they shot during the "making of" it's just silly that they chose that clip. Ha!

Cheers,
Jimmy J
richbass939
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Posted on Friday, July 03, 2015 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

I just watched a "Palladia" channel show about the making of JT's "Before This World". Made me happy to see lots of shots of Jimmy.
Rich
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post

Hey there Jimmy J... looks like you're in the thick of a tour with JT.

Especially since it falls on the way to a gig I have in further western N.C. on Saturday, I'm hoping beyond hope to make it to the Greensboro N.C. show on Friday, 7/31. Would love to shake & howdy with you... and of course gossip about Alembic 5-strings. =) Only if you have time of course... wouldn't want to hold up a guy when he's workin'!

Any idea how your schedule might look that evening?
tubeperson
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Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 7:24 am:   Edit Post

I am attending the JT concert this Saturday in Hartford CT. The new CD is terrific. It will be awesome to hear your tone again during a live show. I hope to catch you either before or after the concert, if possible.
jacko
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Post Number: 3685
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Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

I'm still waiting for mine to arrive :-(

Graeme
jimmyj
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Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Thanks pals,

Gregory, you know I can't offer any tix but if you DO get to that show let me know where you end up sitting. Perhaps I can find you before we start... If you make it I hope you enjoy it and then have a good gig on Saturday.

Steve, same thing, let me know where you'll be sitting. Thanks for the comment on the record, it came out mighty good. And not to toot MY horn but to toot the TEAM's horn; last week the #1 album on Billboard's Top 200 was ALL ALEMBIC in the bass department. Ha! Of course #1 doesn't mean exactly what it did a few years back, but it still means something.

Graeme, what's up with the Royal Post? Hope you like it once it arrives. Some nice new JT songs! By the way, you can also buy 96/24 hi-def audio versions on HDTracks and Pono. I think of that as an encouraging trend!

All the best,
Jimmy J
cozmik_cowboy
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Post Number: 1901
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

Indy's the closest to Chicago??? Bummer.
Have a good tour.

Peter
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Monday, July 06, 2015 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

Oh no, I'm good on tix! The only hitch is coordinating travel plans so as to get at least a few hours sleep, and not miss my rehearsal or soundcheck Saturday.

I'll touch back here when it gets closer. :thumbsup: Have a great tour, and safe travels!

ps - Go team Alembic. =)
tubeperson
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Our Tickets are row PP, Section 400, seats 427-430. Hope to see you in Hartford tomorrow nite.
jimmyj
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

OK Steve I'll try to find you. Either way I hope you enjoy the show.
Jimmy J
jimmyj
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Post Number: 584
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 9:37 am:   Edit Post

Steve,

I hope you and your gang were able to make it to the show last night, I'm sorry I missed you. I know you weren't there before 8pm because I was sitting in your seat until then! But I suspect traffic and / or the "Whey Station" macaroni & cheese food truck line may have slowed you down. All good!

If you were there I hope you all enjoyed it. If you have any questions about the gig, the music, the production, mysterious bass notes, etc, post them here.

And thanks for supporting the tour!
Jimmy J
jos
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

….Great video!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9XAh0vH_pM
davehouck
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Post Number: 11892
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 6:04 pm:   Edit Post

That was nice! Thanks for posting; put a smile on my face.
jimmyj
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Post Number: 586
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks friends. A very silly song, complete with an almost musical train-wreck. HA!
Always big fun playing with those guys!

Jimmy J
edwardofhuncote
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Post Number: 496
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 3:56 am:   Edit Post

Hey there Jimmy J... I finally got all my travel plans hashed out, and hoping to catch up with you tomorrow evening in G-boro.

*Strictly if you have time*, I'm in Section 115 Row MM Seat 11, but I could meet up with you just about anywhere or anytime after they let us in... of all reasons to be early, I'm coming to Greensboro earlier in the day to look at a Craigslist vehicle, (could be my next gig-mobile!) so I should be near the front of the lineup.

ps - FWIW, I listened three times and though I couldn't spot the almost trainwreck, there are some terrifyingly sudden transitions in that tune. Looks like you guys are having a ball on that gig!

(Message edited by edwardofhuncote on July 30, 2015)
jimmyj
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Post Number: 587
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Gregory,

Good luck with the vehicle search.

It's a 7:30 downbeat so doors are 6:30. If you head for your seat I'll try to find you there and we can hang for a bit. I have other guests tomorrow but can search for them later.

Thanks for supporting the team, hope to see you there!

Jimmy J
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post

Yessir, will be there asap. Thanks JJ! Look for the Alembic t-shirt. =)
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 2:53 pm:   Edit Post

Greg; my guess on the averted trainwreck is 5:00 in; the transition out of the bluesy guitar solo. Go back a ways so that you get the feel of the tempo. Jimmy's leading the band through the tempo changes, and on that one they weren't quite with him.

One of the highlights for me in this video was the transition from the keyboard to the guitar solo; very nice change of speed and feel. And I loved the guitar solo.
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

After I watched that one last night, I watched this one, Way Back Home. At 2:36 Jimmy does this really cool rhythmic thing on top of Gadd's beat leading into a delightful exchange of licks with the guitar player. The whole tune was fun, but I really enjoyed that part. This is a great band; I'm loving what all the players are doing.
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 3:37 pm:   Edit Post

Saw that later this morning Dave...

I'm familiar with the "bass player looks at drummer and grins" clue that something just about crash-landed. The way the rhythm of that tune switches up is *really* tricky... I thought the guys made a great save. =)
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

I'm more familiar with the "was that you or me that just completely lost the beat" grin.
eddievig
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:36 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy,

Just got the AH "Earth" track from PledgeMusic with you and Virgil Donati...WOW!

Like I said before...ferocious!

Ed V
jimmyj
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Post Number: 589
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Ed,

That means you were a pledger so thank you for helping support the original suffering Artist: Allan.

Everybody has been asked to NOT share the track in any way and I hope they will comply. It's meant to be a "private" release to those who pitched in to support the man. Eventually ... maybe ... he will finish the album and it will be available to all. (Still shouldn't share it but don't get me started on that subject!!)

Kind of a bizarre piece of music - a Virgil composition originally intended for his own record, so it's a bit of a drum-a-thon. Several parts of this bass solo are me playing to Virgil's crazy rhythms. But Allan, in his amazing way, rewrote much of the harmony and then put a lovely musical solo together. I am extremely happy and relieved that he was able to pull it off because I wasn't sure he could in is current not-very-healthy condition. It's great to hear his beautiful unique solo voice again on something new!

Take it easy,
Jimmy J
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

Hey there Jimmy J, enjoyed that Alembic mini-meet-up last month! Man, you guys sounded tight. I (somehow!) had no idea Andrea Z was in the band, and that was a nice surprise. Met her one time back in my Nashville days... monster singer & fiddler, never struck me as someone who was caught up in that whole clique-ish side of the music scene, just did her thing better than everybody else did.

I'll share this with our little circle here...

Turns out sometimes they *do* recognize the bass player. I was sitting in the stands with JJ hashing out the finer details of 5-string Alembics when this lady a couple rows over recognizes him. Being the good sport he is, Jimmy posed for a picture, and made quite an impression on her. During intermission, she apologized profusely for interrupting our conversation, and I assured her it was totally cool, we were just hanging out for a minute before the show. We exchanged emails and I've heard from her a couple times since... she and her husband (I guess?) are big music fans, and are now following the groups I play in.

Next time we meet up, remind me to tell you about the crazy guy I played that gig for the next day. Wow, what an adventure, and a sad day for banjo-philes everywhere!

Safe Travels!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4647
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 12:33 am:   Edit Post

I've probably read most of your threads over the years Jimmy and your posts have always been informative and with a lot of experience behind your comments. Have you ever thought of publishing a booklet in conjunction with alembic of Series II Tips, Tricks & Traps. :-)
jimmyj
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Post Number: 590
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 4:58 am:   Edit Post

Hey Gregory,

Yes indeed, nice chatting with you in Greensboro, glad you could make it. And I look forward to stories from your next day's gig, that had great comic potential! Cool that you knew Andrea - she really is great. And also nice that you made a connection with a local there. James puts out a friendly vibe and usually the audience goes with it. I say "usually" because there were a couple funny moments...

Jazzy Vee,

Thanks but I'm no authority! I've just been playing these particular basses longer than most of you guys have been alive. Ha!! Everybody has their own way of setting up and using their gear. How you reach the end result is an individual thing which is part of the creative process. Whatever method YOU use to make the sound you want to hear is the correct one. I don't know everything about these axes, I'm still learning. But I'm happy to jump in and share my experiences if I think I can add anything to a thread. All good!

Jimmy J
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 1004
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

Mister Johnson,

Please tell us about some of the modifications to the bridges of your Alembics

VMG
jimmyj
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Username: jimmyj

Post Number: 591
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 12:12 am:   Edit Post

VMG,

The bridge itself is stock on my fretted basses. Odd bits include the aluminum bridge blocks - which came about accidentally (another story) - and my "quick change" tailpieces. I change strings often and wanted it to be as easy as possible. This design probably saves me, oh, 3-seconds per string? But hey, those seconds add up. HA!! Really, both of these ideas were from way back in '75 when we built my first custom 5-string. I thought that bass was so successful that I stuck with these design ideas through the years and onto the current basses. Detail (ha!) pic below of my live axe.

Now let me see if I have a picture of the fretless rig - which is quite odd!

Jimmy J

jimmyj
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Post Number: 592
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 12:31 am:   Edit Post

Oh yeah, here you go! This is quite crude by today's shop standards but it was a custom piece built for my 1980 graphite-necked fretless.

My initial idea was that the bridge and tailpiece could be combined and together represent the end of the vibrating string instead of the bridge being, well, just a bridge. (Keep in mind I have no idea what I'm taking about when it comes to instrument design!)

Combined with my choice of RotoSound SuperWound bare-core strings which slip into an endplate with tiny J cuts. The whole thing is somewhat ridiculous! As you can see the string tension is doing its best to pull the double-size block right out of the bass. And the brass backplate with the cuts in it is bowing under pressure. But somehow it has all held together for ... 35 years! And I do LOVE the sound of this bass so won't be altering it anytime soon - unless it actually does explode one day.

Jimmy J

sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4457
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 12:47 am:   Edit Post

I like that Double Size block ! It is giving me design ideas .

Wolf
moongerm
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Post Number: 266
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 4:15 am:   Edit Post

Wow I had no idea this existed, thanks for sharing! I have an FBASS 5 string fretless that uses the same type of exposed core string but they go thru the body instead of a tailpiece holding it in place. Hoping to replace it with an Alembic custom fretless down the road.

Is there a sound or string tension advantage to using this string and bridge design?

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