Well, somebody had to do it, and it might as well be lighthearted jam scene stalwart Keller Williams. The famously loopy multi-instrumentalist made a real band record featuring his bass skills, called it Bass, and put a largemouth bass adorned with strings and tuning pegs on the cover. Williams recorded Bass with his live reggae-funk band he calls, um, Kdubalicious, featuring Jay Starling on keyboards, Mark D on drums, and Williams exclusively playing bass—including lots of fretless. Williams ain’t Jaco, but he’s no joke, either. Look past silly titles and check what you know about Williams as a looping multi-instrumentalist at the door. Dig his fleet fingerboard moves, deep tones, dreamy tunes, mellow flow, and the exceptionally rich recording quality of Bass. It’s easy on the ears, and heavy on the bass.
BASS À GEAUX-GEAUX, 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
“WE LIKE TO PLAY 2% JAZZ AND 98% funky stuff,” James Brown and P-Funk saxman Maceo Parker has been known to declare.