Aug 3, 2022
Podcast 924 is the final part of my conversation with bass legend Jimmy Haslip. A founding member of Yellowjackets, he's been at the epicenter of bass playing for the past thirty years, with over 400 sessions and almost 200 productions under his belt. His latest project is a trio record that came together during the pandemic shut-down period, when long-time friend Barry Coates, who plays a unique synth guitar, shared music he was working on with Jimmy. From there came virtual sessions with drummer Jerry Kalaf, resulting in New Dreams. Haslip plays both fretless and fretted bass on the album, adding to an ethereal sound harkening back to the glory days of ECM Records.
We conclude our talk with Jimmy's reminisces on a session he played with KISS, how he began playing the bass (he's self-taught) and how he hones his craft today when he practices. Musical selections include "Postcards," a tune that Jimmy co-wrote with Russell Ferrante for Yellowjackets' 1987 album Four Corners on the GRP label.