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ZWEE DOT : How Kelly Sill Listens to Music - Frank Russell Band

Updated: Jul 11, 2018

by Kelly Sill



In this column Kelly Sill takes a listen to a cut by Frank Russell entitled "The Days of Wine and Roses". It was recorded live at Dirtty's Jazz and Blues Club in Gary, IN, Published on Aug 18, 2015




ZWEE DOT.. BY KELLY SILL


00:00 And the cut starts

00:07 Bass melody, rubato

00:17 He's plucking near the pickups, giving it a nice vocal feel

00:27 Using just enough vibrato to make it lyrical

00:38 Second-half, again with nice glissandos

00:53 And the punch line is very high up on the bass

01:00 Nice

01:02 Time begins

01:11 And now a second chorus of bass melody, down an octave

01:17 I don't think that I've ever heard that before

01:39 Now the second half, melody up to the initial octave

02:05 That was cool

02:12 Now he starts walking - guitar solo

02:26 Nice groove; he's now plucking away from the pickups, for a mellower sound

02:48 Beautifully traditional bass lines

02:55 Really a pocket player

03:01 Guitarist sounds good

03:31 Guitar double-timing for variety

04:07 Nice ideas; playing a lot of guitar

04:43 Piano - simple, clear construction

05:21 They are clearly enjoying the groove

05:32 I've never seen any bass player pluck that far up on the neck

06:38 Another piano chorus; I thought that he might be done

07:34 Bass solo

07:45 He's playing in the same register as the initial in-head

07:57 Both alluding to the melody, and leaving nice spaces

08:12 He actually has a lot of chops, but uses them only when he needs to

08:25 Beautifully constructed

08:43 Really making a statement!

09:16 That's a lot of bass

09:32 I dig how he waits for the moment that he actually needs to come in

09:44 Out-head; one note down an octave, then up an octave for the rest

10:10 Very little embellishment

10:31 Very nice

10:39 There is the punchline

10:45 And the tag

10:54 And the classic walk-down

10:56 Rubato

11:13 Frank seals it

11:18 Another great cut!



This is the first cut that I've ever done off of YouTube, and the fidelity is not all that great. However, I enjoyed doing the column. - Kelly

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