Bass Corner / Bass Lines

"Bass Lines" either refers to a transcription of improvised lines played by the bassist on the recording, or a written bass line meant as recommendation for a good starting point for improvising your own lines. These "Bass Lines" include great walking lines, 2-feel variations, slip-beats and ghosted notes, rhythmic phrasing variations, harmonic substitutions and much more.

    Paul Chambers

    Bassist Paul Chambers was a leading rhythmic force in the 1950s and 1960s. He became one of the signature bassists in jazz history. Born in Pittsburgh but raised in Detroit, Chambers initially took up the baritone horn as a child. He followed suit with the tuba and didn't become interested in the string bass until 1949. Listening to Charlie Parker and Bud Powell and studying under a bassist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chambers began making headway in small bars of Hastings Street area and doing club jobs with Kenny Burrell, Thad Jones and Barry Harris. He did classical work in a group called the Detroit String Band, a rehearsal symphony orchestra. Read more...

  • Beauteous - Paul Chambers Swing (medium)
  • Blue Spring Shuffle - Kenny Dorham Swing (medium)
  • Dig Dis - Hank Mobley Swing (medium)
  • Hand Of Love - Paul Chambers Latin (medium)
  • Cecil McBee

    Cecil McBee has been on the jazz scene for many years; he always plays marvelously in any style. Cecil is a true master of bass lines. His ballad accompaniment is exceptional, and studying and comparing his base lines on several recordings of his beautiful ballad Close To You Alone is a mind-opening experience. Read more...

  • Close To You Alone - Cecil McBee Ballad
  • Peter Washington

    Peter Washington took up the bass at an early age. He became interested in jazz while at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a natural talent and began freelancing with the likes of vibist Bobby Hutcherson, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, vocalists Ernestine Anderson and Chris Conner. He joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in New York while freelancing in the NY area and worked his way up into becoming one of the first-call musicians on the New York scene. In the early 1990s, Peter joined the Tommy Flanagan Trio -- known to many as the "greatest trio in jazz" -- and played with them until Tommy's passing in 2002. Peter is also renowned for his work with Bill Charlap's trio along with drummer Kenny Washington. Read more...
  • Ann's Mood - David Hazeltine 3/4 swing (medium)
  • Scotch Thing - Grant Stewart Swing (slow)