Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Miniaci Performing Arts Center
JEFF BERLIN TRIO
Electric bass virtuoso Jeff Berlin is considered by many to be the finest bass guitarist in the world, noted for his fluid and lyrical playing. Bass guitar icon, Jaco Pastorius, actually regarded Jeff to be the better soloist. The trio features gifted pianist-bassist Richard Drexler, who changes the entire dynamic of a piano, bass, drums trio as normally conceived. Drummer Mike Clark, well known for his work with Herbie Hancock, perfectly complements this extraordinary trio that frequently has the electric bass playing the melody!
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Statements like prodigious, amazing, astounding, etc., don't even come close to the musical power contained in his combined improvising and playing prowess." - George W. Carroll
Jeff Berlin is a virtuoso of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest bass guitar player in the world. Noted for his fluid lyrical playing, he is also a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this percussive style of bass playing in 1979 to an entirely new audienceon the tune cryptically named “5G!”. Jeff also pioneered the two-handed tapping technique. In a sense, he is the Stanley Jordan of the bass guitar.
Jeff is known as a major innovator through his incisive playing through recordings and performances for more than three decades. The legendary electric bassist, Jaco Pastorius, actually regarded Jeff as a better soloist; and Marcus Miller told people that he wanted to be “the black Jeff Berlin.”
Founder of The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff has also been at the front of music education for 30 years. His columns in Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines were the most read columns due to their controversial content emphasizing music education over more popular learning concepts aimed at technical instruction.
His numerous recording credits include eight highly acclaimed solo records, Champion, Pump It!, Taking Notes, In Harmony's Way, Lumpy Jazz, Aneurythms, High Standards, and the most recent, Low Standards,which could be the greatest bass album of all time. The title relates to Jeff’s penchant for puns. Long-time confederate Richard Drexler doubles on acoustic bass when Jeff is soloing (amazingly!) and then seamlessly switches instruments and plays extraordinary piano solos while Jeff plays time! This is ground never covered before and it is stunning. Drums? Oh, yes, there are drums. Mike Clark, best remembered for his contribution to Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, plays spectacularly with the trio. His playing is crisp and hip, always locking tightly with the bass(es).
Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff’s melodic fluidity. He is making new fans all the time, while his playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. His teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art. Jeff Berlin is a master.
Jeff Berlin – electric bass guitar
Richard Drexler – piano and acoustic bass
Mike Clark – drums