Sunday, April 15, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Patitucci

Artist:John Patitucci
Song:Labor Day
DVD:Live In New York City: The Abercrombie/Erskine/Mintzer.Patitucci Band: A Concert/Clinic

John Patitucci is one of today's top jazz bassists. He is equally comfortable as a leader, sideman or session musician and he can play any kind of music. He was born Dec. 22, 1959 in Brooklyn, NY. By age 15, he was playing electric and acoustic bass and composing. He moved to California and attended San Francisco State and Long Beach State. He played with Gap Mangione while attending college. He started working as a studio musician in 1982 with guys like Tom Scott, Robben Ford, Stan Getz, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts and Freddie Hubbard among others. Most jazz fans would have first heard of Patitucci when he joined the Chick Corea Elektric and Akoustic bands in 1985. He was a member until 1989. And he also began recording as a leader for GRP Records in 1987. In the 90s, he continued to tour and record as a leader and sideman. In 1997, he moved to Concord Jazz Records. Labor Day is from the 1998 CD Now with either Michael Brecker or Chris Potter on tenor sax, John Scofield on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums. That is available as a budget CD. He also contributed Labor Day to the 2000 one off CD/DVD The Hudson Project recorded live in New York with Bob Mintzer on tenor sax, John Abercrombie on guitar and Peter Erskine on drums. The CD is out of print but the DVD is available and is worth checking out. John Patitucci's latest CD as a leader was Remembrance in 2009. But he continues to tour and record as a sideman and as session musician. Here's John Patitucci with Bob Mintzer, John Abercrombie and Peter Erskine performing Labor Day on The Hudson Project DVD New York City 2000.

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