“Christ the Lord is risen today. Halleluiah!”
Tonight, I’m featuring a unique bit of low end talent. Jeff Schmidt placed 1st in the 2005 Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition – The judges were Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Will Lee, Anthony Jackson, Jonathan Herrera (from Bass Player Magazine) and drummer Gregg Bissonette. He has a unique style that combines beautiful melodic passages with tapping ala Preston Reed. Look carefully at his method as he plays a right-handed bass left handed with the strings upside down, that is, on a four-string fretless, the top string is the D string rather than the low E. He’s also the only bassist I know who uses a capo. Jeff is one of the few solo bassists to whom I can listen for hours. Hope you enjoy him as much as I do.
Solo on Piccolo Bass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF4sJHBIYEo&feature=related
Solo #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWqae9kUD_M&feature=related
Seeing is Freeing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkFEtTJoMxA&feature=related
Still Silhouette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDkVwsepiug&feature=related
Until you don’t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZH99St4HGk&feature=related
Jeff’s music is dreamy—but it is, after all, the bass, so I’m pairing him with a rich deep wine. The Bodega Norton 2006 Privada is a blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged for 16 months in new French oak. It’s a deep crimson-color and has a classy bouquet of black cherry, plum, cassis, vanilla, mineral, and pepper. On the palate it has layers of smooth-textured black fruit and raspberry with touches of chocolate and a long finish featuring spice and mocha. Wine Spectator rated it a 92 while Wine Enthusiast gave it a 90. It’s an excellent wine and at $17.00 it’s a steal.
I’m going to enjoy the last of Easter Sunday sipping a glass of Privada, listening to Jeff, and reflecting on what Christ did for me so many years ago. Blessings at Easter.