Happy Birthday, John Paul Jones

Did you wish the Led Zeppelin bassist a "Happy Birthday" on January 3?

In honor of John Paul Jones' 69th birthday, YouTube user, Jason Maxwell, has collected half a dozen of JPJ's Led Zeppelin isolated bass tracks in a playlist on his channel.

The playlist includes:

"Ramble On"
"What Is and What Should Never Be"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Over the Hills and Far Away"
"Celebration Day"

You can listen to all of them here


Happy Birthday Marcus!

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, but the incomparable Marcus Miller just turned 50. I was lucky enough to score an invite to his big LA bash, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. Hosted at Hollywood’s intimate Catalina Jazz Club, us lucky attendees we’re treated to a loose evening of fun and music, all delivered with a healthy dose of Miller’s inimitably cool vibe. After thoroughly indulging in the killer buffet and open bar, everyone sat when Marcus and his crack band took the stage with Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” As the night rolled on, illustrious audience members made their way to the stage for a host of world-class jams. My highlights: George Duke bringing the funk to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” and, in what was one of the coolest musical events of my life, seeing Herbie Hancock play the hippest “Happy Birthday” the world has ever seen.

Riff Rock Revival : John Paul Jones Takes Flight With Them Crooked Vultures(2)

JOHN PAUL JONES has no need for further feathers in his cap. The bassist, keyboardist, and general rock & roll badass anchored Led Zeppelin—arguably the most influential hard rock outfit in history—and has gone on to collaborate in too many cool projects to mention (for a few, head to bassplayer.com). When he took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 with Zeppelin bandmates Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (along with Jason Bonham, son of late, great Zep drummer John Bonham), Jones sealed his reputation as a topnotch performer with deep soul, crisp tone, and killer chops.