e drives an amplified acoustic double bass with his foot floored on the synth pedal and his hands slapping for speed.”
lays upright bass through an arsenal of effects, has a startling original sound
He has invented and developed a right-hand slap technique that is absolutely his own. He uses effects widely, transforming the wooden sound of his upright bass into caterwauling, distorted wah-wah, electronica synth rubberized wet bass, buzzsaw distortion. He orchestrates the rhythm section around the textures he pulls out of his bass. Above all, he is tasteful, building space into groove and playing with an attention to the whole.
Currently, James lives in Oakland, CA but he’s spending a lot of time on the road, playing as full-time bass player with the Eric McFadden Trio.
Tom Waits — Bad As Me
Anti- — 7151-2
25 Oct 2011