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reinier
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Post Number: 52
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Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy, great fun to read more people had the "Wow" experience seeing you back in '85 onstage with Lee Ritenour at North Sea Jazz!! I too knew you only as "Flim" Johnson from the Arrowhead sleeve (from which I put your pic up here when starting this thread).
In that same year '85 there was this floppy single inserted in Guitar Player of Allan's "Metal Fatigue", crediting a certain " Jimmy Johnson" on bass and although you knocked the listener right out his socks with that part, me and my band mates, all Arrowhead worshippers, didn't make the connection.
When the North Sea Jazz Lee Ritenour line up announced "Jimmy Johnson" on bass too, boy, were we eager to go and check that cat out!
Due to other performances we watched, we were a little late in the door in the huge "Tuinpalviljoen" and ended up next to the front of house board, far from the stage, so it wasn't until your first solo spot that we could clearly see that shape we all love so much [your hairdo helped a bit too ;-)] and all pieces of the puzzle fell into place: it was THE Flim Johnson we were hearing! Priceless night and although almost 30 years ago in the meantime, remember it as if it happened only yesterday.
Take care, Reinier.

PS: did you enjoy the Peavey 2x10/2x18 walk-in closet they made you stand in front of (FoH sound was very good, don't worry)?
ulli
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Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 3:38 pm:   Edit Post

Reinier, what a coincedence, I got that free single too from that magazine, and after that I bought the CD which my brothers could not dig. i happen to make some photos of that RIT performance, and i lend the prints plus natives to a friend of mine, right before we lost contact with each other. I met him again on FB and after a few reminders he send me back the prints plus negatives last week, 29 years later! It was nice to see them back, from both Rit and Casiopea(my middle brother's fav band)I did not print the shots of Jimmy because in the spirit of a true bassplayer, he preferred to stand in the dark most of the time. I will see if can make prints of Jimmy after i manage to scan the negatives. gr. Ulli
ulli
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Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

Btw, I am thinking to install a 4way rotary switch again in my Series One copy. How much does it cost to order the switch plus the install plate? Anyone knows?
Gr.
Ulli
jacko
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Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 1:08 am:   Edit Post

Ulli.
You might be better posting your question in the troubleshooting section. or better still, phone Mica, She is a delightful person to talk to.

Graeme
ulli
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Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Graeme, I will do that.

Ulli
jimmyj
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the notes everybody.

Kaspar, glad you're enjoying the big tone! To me it's a natural, almost acoustic sound more closely related to piano than electric guitar. As such it's not what everybody is looking for in an electric bass but obviously I'm hooked on it...

And as you guys have pointed out, although this is the only sound I know how to make I've been lucky to do it in a variety of different musical settings. I've enjoyed my never-know-where-he's-gonna-show-up career. For what I do it helps to not be too famous for doing one thing. Instead, some people think of me as a jazz guy, others a pop guy, some mostly a fretless player, I even had a short stint working for a rock producer back in the day. Only curious bass players can figure out that those are all the same guy. Ha! I've had loads of fun. It's all music to me and there is great stuff in every genre.

Ulli, good luck with your work "Alembisizing" your Fernandes. You could probably purchase a prewired rotary selector switch from Mica (not a cheep piece) but I don't know about compatibility with your electronics. Possible though, especially if the Fernandes originally had one there and if it functioned the same with the circuitry.

There may be a bit of an issue if you continue down this path of buying Alembic parts for your "copy". I don't really know how the family would feel about that. I suspect they'd rather you saved up to buy a real one... But if you love the way this bass feels and plays then you are of course free to upgrade it as much as you wish.

Carry on,
Jimmy J
ulli
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 12:45 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Jimmy, yes i realised that after i read about the Alembisizing thing and getting "a bat with hairy eyeball".If I get a no as amswer I can respect that. I have an idea already of the type of Grayhill switch. I could buy it from their site directly. But somehow it would be nice if i can buy the whole set from Alembic themselves. I will never be able to buy a real one, so this is my only fav option.
Ulli
jcdlc72
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

Sorry if this comment somewhat hijacks the thread, but I wanted to answer to Ulli on this regard. I used to say I could be never able to afford an Alembic, living in a third world country (the paradox is that we have the largest oil reserves in the world, but at the same time our living standards are WAY below most "not-so-wealthy" countries). Since about 13 years we have a strict currency control (ie. weīre not allowed to freely buy foreign exchange, we are limited to a certain (pretty small) amount of foreign currency available for transactions abroad (this year the quota is only of 300 USD per capita YEARLY for online operations abroad), and our own currency has underwent in the last years 4 devaluations. This has been the situation in this country for... ever (only aggravated in the latest 15 years, but we have never really been the equal, comfortable, wealthy society you would expect from "one of the richest countries in the world" as they say). And so, 25 years ago I was lusting for an Alembic since I played one, and thought exactly the same. My closest approach was to buy (1993), secondhand, a neck-thru Hondo bass with 2 DiMarzio "P" pickups and brass hardware, which seemed somewhat similar to me (go figure). Then in 2009 there simply was the chance to buy my Epic 5 secondhand, and "all the stars lined up"... and so I am now the proud caretaker of this wonderful instrument. I cannot assure if or when I will be able to have my dreamed MK Series 5, or a Rogue 6, or... but I see no reason why, if it has happened once, it couldnīt happen again. There are surprises beyond what we are currently able to see, so donīt give up hope!
ulli
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post

Jcd, thank you for your reply. One day I hope I can meet Jimmy and save him by accident from something evil. Maybe then he wants to donate me one of his trio instruments ;-)Just kidding ofcourse, I just want to make my bass ready, thats all :-)
Gr. Ulli
jcdlc72
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm:   Edit Post

Thereīs a song Iīve been LOVING for years and years since it came out... and it has been not until tonite that Iīve found out it must be our dear Jimmy J on bass! Iīm talking about a wonderful tune on Sergio Mendesīs "Confetti" album from 1985 called "Real Life". I was playing it and almost went immediately to WIkipedia to find out about the credits... and found a dream team which credits James Johnson on Bass, Carlos Vega on drums, Robbie Buchanan on keyboards (By the way... does anybody remember his "Maxus" band from the early 80s? I must have worn out that vinyl so many times... itīs great!) and Dan Huff on guitar!. Needless to say, I played the song twice after that :-)

Thank you, Jimmy, for so many wonderful moments of good musicianship!
ulli
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 5:31 am:   Edit Post

I didnot know Jimmy already played with Sergio that early. I tought Oceano was his first album with mr. Mendes. I do know Anthony Jackson already was on Sergio's Projects in the '70s
jimmyj
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

Yes, well spotted Juan Carlos. That must have been my first time working for Sergio, thus the odd "James" credit. His sessions were always musically interesting and I found him to be a very nice guy. And his wife Gracinia a fabulous singer! I think Robbie was also new to LA at that time and finding success as an arranger / producer - in this classic 80's synth-pop style. Another talented guy!

Thanks cats!
Jimmy J
ulli
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

Gracinhia has a marvelous voice. I think Steve Kahn said once she is the singer with the best voice in the world.
ulli
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

Gracinhia has a marvelous voice. I think Steve Kahn said once she is the singer with the best voice in the world.
edwin
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:35 pm:   Edit Post

Speaking of amazing voices, I'd highly recommend 20 Feet From Stardom. It's a documentary about back up singers. Jimmy, I daresay you've probably worked with at least of few of the singers featured. Lisa Fischer stands out particularly.
jcdlc72
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:49 pm:   Edit Post

Ohhh yes yes!. In fact, on that song ("Real life"), right after the guitar solo (brilliant Dan Huff!), Jimmy plays, if Iīm not wrong, an F to pass then to E minor for the chorus (coming from B7 or Bsus4, not sure right now)... that note had been HAUNTING me for YEARS! You know what I mean... when a single note gives all the character to that moment, Iīve spent a lot of time wondering if I would have "solved the puzzle" any differently, and THAT note simply HAD to be there. I do love a lot of music, and I like a lot of "more complex" music, but then I think it is subjective... a lot of times itīs only a matter of ONE single note, placed in that spot where nothing can replace it, what makes the whole difference. And I LOVE it when it happens!
jimmyj
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:22 pm:   Edit Post

Ha! Now we're getting down to some details!

Ulli, I think Steve Khan fell in love with Gracinha after only hearing her voice. But he was too late because she had married Sergio years before...

Yes Edwin, great movie. David Lasley is one of James Taylor's regular BG singers and has some great lines in the film. I understand Arnold McCuller also appears in the extended DVD version. A lot of extremely talented folks! I recently got to observe David, Arnold, Kate Markowitz and Andrea Zonn working on background parts for a new JT record. James usually comes up with the parts and the team then executes his direction beautifully. It's a pleasure to watch the pros at work.

Juan Carlos, you forced me to dig out that track and listen. (1984? 30 years ago? Holy cow, how did that happen?) Fun to hear it again. Reminds me of that time and those great musical experiences. So listen, the F coming out of the guitar solo ... as much as I'd love to take credit for that it was most likely all Robbie Buchanan's idea. Sorry, hope that doesn't ruin anything for you... I think he liked me because I could play whatever he would come up with on his sequenced synth bass part. And just having a human play it (me in this case) would put a bit of "life" into it. Something like that. But he was a "thorough" arranger and didn't leave much to chance so I am quite sure that passing note was all part of his plan.

I do understand what you mean about the power of one note. That's why they are ALL important! Any one of the bunch you play might be "that one note" for somebody.

Cheers,
Jimmy J
ulli
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Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post

Edwin , the 1st time I saw Lisa Fischer performing, was on a concert I recorded back in mid 80's where she outperformed Chaka Khan in loudness while being in the backgound section.What a body she has!
Jimmy , Steve was in love with Gracienha? wow, nice gossip hehe. And i will checkout the F note Juan mentioned, great way to start the week here.
jcdlc72
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:15 am:   Edit Post

And to continue the gossip (and the hijacking of the thread, for which I offer my apologies)... back in the early 80s (probably near the time of the Gracinha affair ;) there was a local TV actress, called Caridad Canelón, who was on the rise here. She had acted on lots of soap operas and enjoyed a huge success in the country. Around the same time, Jeff Berlin knew a Venezuelan vocalist (who used to sang jazz with one of my guitar teachers of then, Mr. Gonzalo Micó) called Vicky Fulop, who he eventually married (Her sister, Katherine, is also a talented TV actress, and maybe here is where the two stories unite). Then Steve Khan met Caridad, and fell madly in love with her... but it didnīt last neither. So, for a while there was a little chance of having two talented U.S. jazz musicians married to a couple of talented and beautiful Venezuelan women!.

Now I cannot listen to Khanīs "Modern Times" album (One of my all time favs) without thinking of Caridad Canelon. Go figure.
ulli
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

wow thats a cool story Juan. I happen to have a few of Steve Khan's Eyewitness albums, like Casa Loco,Public Acces & Crosssings. I know the Modern times and love especially the track "Blades" alot, I also heard the live version from it, when they did a live recording in Germany. Anthony Jackson did some out of this world Solo Intro for "The Suitcase" with his trademark reverb/flanger sound plus his volumepedal.
ulli
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

about that rotary 4-way switch for the alembic, I figured out that switches are used with type nr:
RCL 01686, but I also read that brand Grayhill is used. The type nrs for Grayhill are different and marking RCL 01686 is used by brand BYAB. Can anyone give me more info about the wiring here?
jimmyj
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

Ulli,

It's ... complicated! I'm looking at a pre-wired replacement switch right now and cannot describe the circuit because many of the 10 outer solder lugs are connected to each other with jumpers, etc... This is a Grayhill marked 50C36-01-2-04S. If I'm reading the spec sheet correctly that's a "50" series, 1/8" shaft, military spec, 36 degree, 2-pole, 4 position, "shorting" rotary switch.

There are 5 wires leading to the switch which I can safely guess are input-A, input-B, output-A, output-B and ground.

I am a bit of an electronics guy but I would be hard pressed to logic out how to wire this switch on my own. What I would recommend is that you contact Mica and see if she would be willing to sell you a prewired pickup selector switch with a short explanation of the in-and-out color coded wires. With that info you could probably interface it with your instrument. I say probably because you are trying to modify a non-Alembic bass with Alembic parts so there is a chance you may run into some incompatibilities.

If she is willing to sell you this piece it could be costly. The switch itself is expensive and there is labor involved in the prewiring job (which of course looks outstanding) plus shipping... It may add up to a considerable investment - which hopefully will work with your electronics.

Best of luck with it.
Jimmy J
edwin
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

I have wired a few switches of this type (for Bartolini triple coil pickups, each of which was like a mini-Series setup, two regular coils and a humcanceller between them) and it was a lot of work. It's doable, but it would be much easier to see if Mica can sell you a prewired version. I got one from her when rehabbing a Series II set of electronics. It wasn't cheap, but it was a lot better than wiring the thing myself.
ulli
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy thanks for the info regarding the Grayhill type switch , its very usefull in case I go the DIY way. Edwin, also thanks for the reply.
I sent a mail to Alembic about the costs for ordering a complete switch/plate/screws & cabling almost 3 weeks ago, when i got an automated reply which indluded an assigned ID nr ([Alembic #668]).
But beside that I got not further information.I mentioned my Fernandes FAB-180 in my request. I can wait for a possible reply or just buy the grayhill switch and hoping for a wiring scheme later on. I just checked the cabling on my current installed switch(done by the previous owner). It is a flatcable with 5 wires. I could assume Fernandes did a 1:1 copy job on the internals too.
inside the FAB-180
keith_h
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 3:45 pm:   Edit Post

Ulli - You will usually get a better response by calling Alembic directly. They open at 10AM PDT.

There are members here that have owned or do own Fernandes basses. If you open a thread on the Owning an Alembic/Troubleshooting topic or the Miscellaneous topic you should have more visibility and you might get more responses from people who have already gone through what you are.

Keith
ulli
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 3:51 pm:   Edit Post

Keith I live in the Netherlands so overseas phonecalls might be the last option for me if nothing else is working. But thankyou for your suggestions, I might try to open a new thread there.
keith_h
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Ulli - Being in the Netherlands you might try talking to Edwin van Huik at the Bass Connection. He is an Alembic dealer along with other brands and might be able to assist with your restoration.

Keith
ulli
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:32 pm:   Edit Post

I contacted Edwin van Huik 2 days ago, He sent me some pics of close ups of the switch. Friendly guy.
edwin
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post

That's how we Edwins roll!
ulli
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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 12:18 am:   Edit Post

Edwin, when i just joined this forum, I thought you might be the Edwin from Bass Connection :-)
jcdlc72
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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:56 am:   Edit Post

Well, heīs Edwin, and has a connection with his bass... :-)
ulli
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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

okay i sent Mica an email about my problem with the switch etc.
edwin
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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:52 am:   Edit Post

Imagine my surprise when I found out that there was an Edwin Signature Model!
ulli
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2014 - 2:47 am:   Edit Post

In the mean time I will fix the PS-5 which has 2 toasted resistors.(Mica does not answer my mail to her so i will give up on any hope for the easy solution)
PS-5 Phantom Power Supply
jimmyj
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2014 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Hey Ulli,

Although I'm happy to continue helping, it may make more sense for you to start a new thread under "Owning an Alembic">>"Troubleshooting" or just under "Alembic Basses & Guitars". You might feel awkward because it's technically not an Alembic, but we're a friendly bunch in here so I don't think anybody will give you trouble. I don't mean to chase you out of my room... HA!

Regarding Mica's response time, you need to understand that this entire Company consists of about 9 very dedicated folks who are trying their best to serve everybody's needs. They're good people and stand behind their products but there are not enough hours in the day for them to respond to all their customer's requests and keep the company running. New customers are always shocked by how long things can take but us old-timers know that good things are worth the wait. Furthermore, they're under no obligation to service Fernandes instruments so your questions may be at the end of Mica's long list of things to do. Don't be offended or discouraged, I'm just trying to explain the situation.

On the other hand, this "club" is full of knowledgeable players and often the best place to get quick answers to questions about any instruments or amps. With that in mind, scroll down on this page for a schematic of Alembic's DS-5 (similar to your PS-5):
http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/60881.html?1246843699
Note that the only resistors are the summing resistors for the mono output. The original DS-5 had a thermal fuse on the high-power side of the transformer. The only way to know if that had failed was by testing it. Hope all this helps.

Jimmy J
ulli
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2014 - 12:08 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy, yes, I do realise you are right about all the things you said. Maybe I got stuck here, because I already felt this was the right spot, having contact with several members. Ofcourse I dont think you want me to kick lol.Prob I will try some other threads or make a new one, depending on the progress from my side. I will check that link you gave me. I am not really technical, but I thought that behind the elco's of my PS-5 4x resistors were on the board. behind the left elco two of them became black. I just found a good old fashioned electronics shop here who is willling to check it for me, so I will have no part in reparing it.
jimmyj
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2014 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

The four components are likely diodes which work as a "bridge rectifier" in this circuit. (They're connected in a square shape on the Alembic schematic.) Your electronics shop guy should know just what to do.

Jimmy J
ulli
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 1:51 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Jimmy, I learned somethings again here. Oh, and Mica replied to me and gave me a positive answer about the switch. Weekend never started better here, happy :-)

Gr. Ulli
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

Right on JJ on a wicked cover by Dave Weckl's band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RS5RsSPssw

Jazzyvee
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Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

Caught your show with James Taylor here in Atlanta a few days ago... what can I say? Outrageously excellent!!
jimmyj
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Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks a lot Dan, I appreciate it. You caught a good gig, even the weather cooperated. And that's a nice "shed" to play. More fun than Chastain - in my opinion.
Jimmy J
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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm:   Edit Post

One more quick question - What does the "MD" stand for, after your name and instrument, in JT's "Life on the Road, Meet the Band" e-mail? You're not a doctor, too, are you??!!
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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post

Musical Director?

Keith
jimmyj
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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post

Ha! "Doctor Johnson", I like it.

Keith is correct in that in this case MD means "musical director" but it's an inaccurate usage. JT sometimes refers to me as the band leader (maybe because I've been there so long) but there's no doubt that HE is the musical director of the operation. I'm more like the "assistant concertmaster", or maybe librarian. Organizational assistance for the band. Only title I'll claim is "bass", and I'm still just subbing for Sklar anyway!!! You betcha!

Jimmy J
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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

Every band should have a librarian.
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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 3:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Jimmy.

For some reason I was under the impression that my message got moderated (although not particularly offensive in my own opinion) ;-). Anyway, it wasn't until now I realized you actually wrote this danish dude back. Thanks :-). AND - since your little danish portion of the tour is approaching heavily, I'm looking forward more and more to the show and possibly a chat with you and thought I'd remind you by now.

As it turns out, It's not in Tivoli Gardens but in Falconer Salen, which is a pretty nice venue. Again, stop me, if I'm crossing the line, but... I know Gadd is probably arranging tickets for a friend of mine. Am I a jerk to ask you the same favor? probably... but I COULD pay you back in loads of Lakrids :-). Either way, I'll be sure not to miss out on hearing you live and sending you thanks for endless inspiration.

And I agree with Dave. I think "Librarian" is very descriptive. And catchy to boot :-)

/Mikkel
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Post Number: 534
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mikkel,

Thanks for the reminder note. Right, I still haven't seen the detailed itinerary but I guess we're not at Tivoli this time so no Flyvende Kuffert ride for me. Wa!

I'm sorry but I can't arrange tickets for you, neither as comps nor as a "broker" (purchased for you). I reserve that favor for immediate family members or very close friends - and only if they don't ask. Ha! If you are able to get yourself to the show the best I could offer is a couple after show passes if you wanted to come back and say hello. This doesn't mean you would meet anybody but me ... but it could be a bass chat opportunity.

Let me know (right here) if you are able to make it and we'll see if we can connect. Thanks for understanding.

Jimmy J
basriber
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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:18 am:   Edit Post

I totally understand!
A couple of backstage passes with bass chat included would be ideal :-)
jimmyj
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Post Number: 535
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:04 pm:   Edit Post

OK Mikkel, thanks for going along with that, I appreciate it. I'll see if I can arrange some passes.
Seeya,
Jimmy J
bigredbass
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Post Number: 2232
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy, Bon Voyage !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5tIHtbctFQ

J o e y
jimmyj
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Post Number: 536
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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
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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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Username: jimmyj

Post Number: 537
Registered: 8-2008
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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Post Number: 28
Registered: 6-2014
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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Username: jimmyj

Post Number: 538
Registered: 8-2008
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

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