Bass Corner / Bass Solos

Although soloing is not the "primary" role of the bassist, the most well-rounded players have mastered accompanying, but can also solo well. Bassists who want to improve their solo chops benefit greatly from studying and playing along with transcriptions from the great bass soloists from all generations including Paul Chambers, Doug Watkins, George Duvivier and Peter Washington. This area of the Bass Corner is meant for those bassists who have already put in time on the primary supportive functions of the bass within a group and are ready to take their playing to the next level. Being a great bass soloist won't get you the gig, but it can definitely be the icing on the cake that distinguishes the most well-rounded players.

    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)
  • 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...
  • One For Peter - David Hazeltine Swing (medium up)
  • Pete's Sake - David Hazeltine Swing (medium up)