Jimmy Haslip is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.
You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #51 – Jimmy Haslip.
Who is Jimmy Haslip?
The world of electric bass is filled with creative and iconic players. It also features some who are unique in different ways. Jimmy Haslip fits this bill. He started playing the bass in the early 1960s and has been playing (non-stop and progressively more) for close to fifty years. He is also a lefty who plays with a right-handed bass turned upside down. In the late seventies, he met famed guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante. They recorded Robben’s first solo recording, The Inside Story, and Jimmy still works with Robben to this day. That album led to the formation of the Yellowjackets, and in 1980 they recorded their debut album. The Yellowjackets are still at it with over twenty albums, and this has garnered Jimmy two Grammys and close to twenty additional Grammy nominations. Jimmy is busy well beyond the Yellowjackets. He’s also got a long list of production duties as a composer. Jimmy most recently released albums with multi-instrumentalist Cody Carpenter, keyboardist Scott Wilkie (with guitarist/vocalist Kleber Jorge and drummer Jeff Olson), Elemental (with keyboardist Otmaro Ruiz and drummer Jimmy Branly), and the ARC Trio (with keyboardist Scott Kinsey, and drummer Gergö Borlai). He never stops and his story is an incredible. Enjoy the conversation…
What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?
This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.