That interview does explain the mentality of a session player and why a guy who was instrumental in forming one of the greatest groups of musicians in rock history (Lukather, Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, and himself) decided to return to the studio after selling millions of records and hugely successful tours. Hungate, as an intregal part of Toto were honored to join such luminaries as The Funk Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, Chet Atkins, Charlie Daniels, Duane Eddy, Springsteen, etc in The Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEHCJVFQ ... ata_player
The thing about Toto is that when fans went to see those guys perform, stage antics were definitely not what you were paying your money for, but rather the sheer excellence of the musicianship and the tightness of the ensemble which Hungate played a significant role...much like Steely Dan. Few gimmicks in their recordings and performances...just virtuosity to a man.
That was pretty cool. What's the musicians hall of fame exactly? Definitely adds to Hungate's claim to having a good spot on this list, knowing that he was inducted.
Negative Creep wrote:
I just wanna say the combination of James Jamerson and Jackie Wilson is absolutey, colosally brilliant.
The greatest bass player in rock + one of the top 10 greatest rock vocalists ever = mind-blowing music.
I FUCKING LOVE MOTOWN.
I need to discover Jackie! I haven't really listened to anything of his yet. What did you think, incidentally, of the argument on the vocalists subforum that Jackie should realistically be above Plant in greatness?
Yea I love him. Extremely creative
Sheehan is creative in a technical sense but musically/harmonically not so much. He plays the same stuff over and over. That's why I got bored with listening to Talas back then. Most of what he plays today is the same as what he did 30 years ago.
I think he's extremely creative musically actually, though indeed he's very lacking in terms of using the bass for harmonic purposes. He does have a very very distinctive style is the thing. I am indeed perplexed at how much he actually is progressing over time as a musician, I'm with you in that it seems to me he's never really significantly 'grown' since finding his sound, and that his playing/style remains very limited.
Yngtchie Blacksteen wrote:
Less use of 'invented' and more use of 'popularized', methinks.
Generally speaking people do use 'invented' too liberally and freely, but I feel like at this point I know enough about the history of the electric bass to know who the actual true 'inventors' were in many cases.
Just another one of Hungates "day at the office" movie soundtracks he did on a consistant basis, in addition to his live orchestra television work (Sonny & Cher, Tony Orlando Show, etc)... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g19p1uEz ... ata_player
Oh my god!!!! He wrote that?! That's one of the best songs ever imo (not kidding) the whole soundtrack to that movie is utterly amazing. Did he write the whole soundtrack for that film???
Live orchestra television work...not sure what you mean...mind providing a link to that too? You mean composing, and/or arranging for orchestra? TV show themes?
I know this isn't Rock but I would like to share a track with a fantastic but virtually unknown Bass player, Robert Gordon, who played with Gil Scott-Heron in the early 80's. Make sure you listen to the beautiful solo between 7:00 and 8:00. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0pIioIc5lk
Man that was fantastic. Not just the solo but the song and Gil there in general. I love Gil, tho I only know the famous song really at this point sadly (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised)