By Brian Fox on
6/24/2013 11:29 AM
Aguilar introduced its stylish new Chelsea space with a substantive two-hour master class by John Patitucci. The sleek Aguilar Artist’s Loft at 148 West 24th Street (just east of 7th Avenue) boasts a spacious lounge/showroom area (the rear of which is set up for artist and product photos and videos), plus a separate tuned, carpeted clinic room, where Patitucci and his guest, guitarist Jay Azzolina, held court to a packed house. During a candid session punctuated by four duet performances (three on his Yamaha signature 6-string and one on Aguilar President/CFO Dave Boonshoft’s flatwound-strung vintage P-Bass), Patitucci—steered by audience questions—addressed touch, tone, phrasing, and articulation (“I try for a vocal sound by singing through the bass”), action (“going from my upright to my 6-string is like going from a mini-van to a Ferrari”), muting, Bay Area influences, Wayne Shorter quartet concepts, reading, using space, drummers, his role on the new J. Cole CD, and advice for young upcomers. He also...
By Brian Fox on
6/19/2013 11:20 AM
Sting Personifies Precision on “Back to Bass” Tour
San Francisco, June, 2013
By Jimmy Leslie
Impeccable. That’s Sting the musician, still. The degree of difficulty in his tunes is high, but the cat never misses a note on his instrument or with his voice, both tones are flawless, and he’s in better shape than most a third his age. It’s enough to make anybody envious, or simply piss you off. It can also be a bit lackluster because there never seems to be any real danger that Sting’s going to slip and fall. He’s almost too good for his own good—so comfortable.