The current issue of Bass Player magazine has a nice full-page profile of Memphis own Amy LaVere. In addition to offering a quick look at the remarkable career of this singer and stand-up-bass artist which includes stints with the Gabe and Amy Show, her just-released solo album This World Is Not My Home, and even a small role in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line the article recounts the time that LaVere met John Entwistle, famed bass player for The Who, when he was paying a visit toMemphis several years ago.
According to LaVere, she was playing a gig here with her big standup bass, when Entwistle widely regarded as one of the best bassists in rock-and-roll came up to her after the show. He told me that my slap technique was brilliant, she says, but that I was wasting all my energy on that giant piece of shit. He said I needed to get myself a Fender Precision [electric bass guitar] and then Id have something.
Want to know what LaVere thought of Entwistles sage advice? Youll have to check out the Bass Player article.
And while youre at it, dont miss some of the Flyers own coverage of LeVere.
The local CD release party will be held at Cielo (679 Adams) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. Afshar will perform music from the new release and will be available to sign copies of the CD.
Hemispheres features an intriguing collection of pieces written or arranged by international composers, including Reza Vali, Ricardo Moyano, Gerard Drozd, Carlo Domeniconi, John Schneider, Leo Brouwer, Garry Eister and Morteza Neydawood.
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