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I Finally Get Lee Sklar

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After years of listening to the man and reading interviews I could never get why he was held in such high regard. I'd heard some of his stuff and I thought he was ok but tonight for the first time I watched this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Ea5RtNwa0

Now I understand.

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Absolutely love Lee Sklar. One minute he's noodling along behind James Taylor, the next he's pumping out one of the best grooves ever on Billy Cobham's Stratus.

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Add the fact that he is a great sight reader and good quick listening ears along with
his tight playing, groove and timing, you can see why he was also hired on a lot of TV series themes and film scores.
One of the very best. Top, top player.

Good OP video, thanks for posting - I have never seen that one.

Edited by lowdown

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[quote name='Japhet' timestamp='1460883799' post='3029465']
Absolutely love Lee Sklar. One minute he's noodling along behind James Taylor, the next he's pumping out one of the best grooves ever on Billy Cobham's Stratus.
[/quote] my sentiments exactly plus this bit of genius ! https://youtu.be/dKHvRHp9h0U

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Same as Natan East.. you don't get called as much as he does if you aren't known for nailing the gig.

And those gigs aren't always the really showie bass gigs.

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[quote name='JTUK' timestamp='1460887446' post='3029494']
Same as Nathan East.. you don't get called as much as he does if you aren't known for nailing the gig.

And those gigs aren't always the really showie bass gigs.
[/quote]Tony Levin, Pino, Jimmy Johnson also make that list. However, it is a very small list and those guys seem to get all the work; [email protected]! I hate them all :D

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He's a great example of a really solid, understated player that does exactly what is right for the tune - whether its a straight, root note pump-fest or a tangled, funky groove. Fantastic dynamics on that Phil Collins tune, too.

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To be fair that whole band sounds fantastic but that's a rhythm section I could listen to all day.

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Two points:
1. It isn't a Phil Collins tune; it's a version of the second half of the opener from the Duke album by Genesis credited to the three member of the band and,
2. This version appeared on Phil's first solo album and was credited to Alphonso Johnson which Lee seems to be playing note for note.
nb. I like Lee a lot too.

Edited by spectoremg

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[quote name='timhiggins' timestamp='1460884985' post='3029477']
my sentiments exactly plus this bit of genius ! [url="https://youtu.be/dKHvRHp9h0U"]https://youtu.be/dKHvRHp9h0U[/url]
[/quote]

[media]http://youtu.be/dKHvRHp9h0U[/media]

Ah, the DFA switch!

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[quote name='spectoremg' timestamp='1460912497' post='3029743']
2. This version appeared on Phil's first solo album and was credited to Alphonso Johnson which Lee seems to be playing note for note.
nb. I like Lee a lot too.
[/quote]

That original studio version is slightly more relaxed too, tempo wise.
http://youtu.be/T622JH7_L8g



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Lovely feel. He makes every note count too, regardless of how fast he's playing. Much like Jamerson in that respect.

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He's everything a bass player should be, in my opinion, he's not flashy, his playing speaks for itself, and he always seems to play the perfect thing in every situation.

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[quote name='Painy' timestamp='1460896682' post='3029578']
To be fair that whole band sounds fantastic but that's a rhythm section I could listen to all day.
[/quote]

There is an hour and a half of it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWa-PS2cRg4

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[quote name='blue' timestamp='1460962511' post='3030079']
He's from Milwaukee.

Blue
[/quote]

Ah, finally I know what made Milwaukee famous :D

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I love how he never looks like he's trying. Caught him with Judith Owen last year and he just sat there banging out beautiful lines while looking as if he was just sat noodling on the sofa... he was slightly upstaged when Derek Smalls came out for a number though... but who wouldn't be?

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