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John Patitucci goes it alone in new album (@DownBeat.com)

John Patitucci and his 1859 Gagliano bass. (Photo: Melanie Futorian)

Despite being one of the world’s most celebrated jazz bassists,
@JohnJPatitucci says that it took him 40 years “to get up the courage” to do his recent one-man show in NYC. He explains why, reflects on his life and music, and discusses the future of the Wayne Shorter Quartet in my new interview with him.

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Bassist/Composer Rufus Reid – Still Evolving

Rufus Reid

Rufus Reid

Early in his career, the now-legendary bassist Rufus Reid taught his first bass clinic at a college in North Dakota, using a textbook written by the great Ray Brown.  When he rejoined his boss and mentor, saxophonist Eddie Harris, on the road, he told Harris, “I sold 25 Ray Brown books today.” Harris replied, “That’s great. Why don’t you write your own damn book?”  He did — and his The Evolving Bassist has been a leading bass instruction book for the last 30 years.  Reid is now an award-winning big-band composer. You can read my article about Reid’s life, from the June issue of DownBeat, here.

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Filed under Downbeat, education, Jazz, Music Writing and Clips, Rufus Reid