Evan Brewer at Bass Player LIVE! 2013
Here’s a fantastic video from Evan Brewer, who plays bass for The Faceless and has released two solo jazz albums of his own. The video focuses on technique, because he wanted to discuss functions that all bassists must perform during his Bass Player Live (2013) clinic, instead of venturing too far into theory, which wouldn’t necessarily be understood by the entire crowd.
He shows different applications of the same technique in different musical settings and I like his analogy about the fretting and attacking hands as a language, with fretting representing the words being said and attacking representing inflection, like whispering or yelling.
I didn’t know that Evan studied under Reggie Wooten (Victor’s older brother). It was a revelation to me, and it shows in his technique and in the places where he does speak to theory a little. What he says about warming up his “musical mind” in place of doing physical warm-ups was also really interesting to me, as well as his bit on practicing with a looper or other source of rhythm/melody to unlock creative potential.