It seems that my personal musical situation is retracing the path taken by many stalwart upright bassists who chased the High Volume Dragon through music history.
As a bassist, you can play the right notes, hit the groove, know every possible version of a song—even wear a hat and sunglasses—but if you don’t get “the sound,” the music doesn’t fully happen.
James Brown. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 50-plus years, you have been touched by this man’s genius.
As often happens while writing this column, one discovery leads to the next, and last month’s exploration of the recording scene in mid-century New Orleans led me to uncover the name of another unsung hero: Peter “Chuck” Badie.