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Gary Willis

Postby oogie boogie » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:41 am

Hmmm...here's a name I haven't seen mentioned. Definately a BAAAAADASS bassist. More of a player's player than a crowd pleaser, for sure, and by most accounts a great teacher. Rather a purist on tone too. I can't decide if I really dig his tone or not, but his playing is rediculous. I haven't heard much of his stuff outside of Tribal Tech, but that stuff's pretty cool of you haven't heard it. Lots of crazy muting stuff, using some hand position that just looks painful to me.
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Postby Jerry » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:59 am

Willis is one of bassdoms deep thinkers like Anthony Jackson, another bass Jedi-master. He definitely is one of the great voices on fretless, with great intonation and incredible right hand endurance. His solo albums Bent and Sweat have some just plain sick playing and writing on them...one of my faves in electric jazz. I can't believe we missed him in the Fame section so far [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Postby shamus63 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:24 pm

Best Willis track (IMHO): "Stoopid", off the Tribal Tech "Illicit" cd.

Monster playing by everyone involved, especially Gary and drummer Kirk Covington!

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Re: Gary Willis

Postby ghiadub » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:46 am

I really dig this version of Norwegian Wood Gary is so smooth
http://youtu.be/K5sYu3yK0ws
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Re: Gary Willis

Postby throckmorten » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:37 pm

Just stumbled across this thread. As it turns out I've had "Bent" in rotataion most of the past week. As a defense against the onslaught of Christmas music if nothing else. Worth it for the first 3 tracks alone.
Odd there are no samples on Amazon, but you can check it out on his site http://garywillis.com/music/bent
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