One day back in the late 70s, my friend asked me if I ever listened to the bass on Jim Croce’s classic hit I Got a Name. I had probably heard the song over one-hundred times, but thought I should listen to my friend, Mark Patterson, and go listen one more time. I was blown away at how much the electric bass (believed to have been played by Motown bass legend Bob Babbit) drove this acoustic classic from Croce! Take a listen for yourself.
Less is More?
Yes, I do believe that we bass players can sometimes overplay and get in the way of the intent of the song. Now, I don’t believe this bassist was overplaying, however, it makes me wonder what it means to “overplay”? What do you think? Would you have told him to lay back, play less, let the guitar and vocals drive the song? Would love to get your thoughts.