Thread: Bass Player

plqmule - 3/23/2013 at 02:33 PM

Any word from Singapore or Australia who's playing bass on this current leg of the TTB tour?


DerekAndSusanBand - 3/28/2013 at 02:50 PM

Dave Monsey on bass in Australia, Bakithi Kumalo on bass for most if not all of the April dates.


gina - 3/30/2013 at 12:35 AM

Would it be possible to BRING BACK SMALLIE after that? Somebody has to ask it.


RPMcMurphy - 3/30/2013 at 05:29 AM

Smallie. I was thinking the same thing. I love Oteil, but if he doesn't want the job, why not Todd? For all of Oteil's massive talent, as many have complained, it was kind of underutilized in TTB. Smallie would be a fine fit IMO.

Best TTB shows I've seen, out of about a dozen, were with Porter Jr.


absnj - 3/31/2013 at 10:09 PM

Why would Todd want to leave a regular gig with JJ Grey and Mofro to go to a band that dumped him previously?


RPMcMurphy - 4/2/2013 at 05:52 PM

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Why would Todd want to leave a regular gig with JJ Grey and Mofro to go to a band that dumped him previously?


Well, for one, JJ Grey is a pretty weak talent in my opinion. But if he helps to pay Todd's bills, I wish him success.

As for the "dumping", I don't see it that way at all. As has been discussed here before, Todd was never a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. He was a member of the Derek Trucks Band. That was a different band that doesn't currently tour. I look at Derek like a Miles Davis type of artist. The old jazz greats, and most great musicians, often changed up their direction and sound as their careers changed direction. When it was time for changes, they made changes. Sometimes players from different ensembles left, came back, did certain recordings and not others. Todd seems like a pretty easy going and mature guy. While he lost his steady gig, and it had to be a bummer, he probably accepted it and probably hopes to play with Derek sometime in the future. He sat in at Red Rocks last year and didn't look like he was about to attack Derek or Oteil with his bass. He also sat in with the ABB at the Beacon after DTB announced its hiatus.

For a bunch of old dudes who like hippie music, there sure is a lot of childish behavior and narrow thought on this site.


absnj - 4/3/2013 at 06:09 PM

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Why would Todd want to leave a regular gig with JJ Grey and Mofro to go to a band that dumped him previously?


Well, for one, JJ Grey is a pretty weak talent in my opinion. But if he helps to pay Todd's bills, I wish him success.

As for the "dumping", I don't see it that way at all. As has been discussed here before, Todd was never a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. He was a member of the Derek Trucks Band. That was a different band that doesn't currently tour. I look at Derek like a Miles Davis type of artist. The old jazz greats, and most great musicians, often changed up their direction and sound as their careers changed direction. When it was time for changes, they made changes. Sometimes players from different ensembles left, came back, did certain recordings and not others. Todd seems like a pretty easy going and mature guy. While he lost his steady gig, and it had to be a bummer, he probably accepted it and probably hopes to play with Derek sometime in the future. He sat in at Red Rocks last year and didn't look like he was about to attack Derek or Oteil with his bass. He also sat in with the ABB at the Beacon after DTB announced its hiatus.

For a bunch of old dudes who like hippie music, there sure is a lot of childish behavior and narrow thought on this site.


While I don't share your opinions and version of the demise of the DTB and STB, I respect your right to express them, without the need to call you childish and narrow minded.


RPMcMurphy - 4/3/2013 at 09:04 PM

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While I don't share your opinions and version of the demise of the DTB and STB, I respect your right to express them, without the need to call you childish and narrow minded.


Not calling you either, just observing the behavior of so many in this forum when it comes to the DTB/TTB debate. Lots of junior high bs and inability to accept change.


WharfRat - 4/7/2013 at 12:20 PM

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Why would Todd want to leave a regular gig with JJ Grey and Mofro to go to a band that dumped him previously?


Eggszakklee


JimSheridan - 4/10/2013 at 02:03 AM

Hey, if Mick Taylor can hook back up with the Stones, anything can happen. However, Derek has his pick of many good bassists. Plenty of excellent musicians would be happy to play with Mr. Trucks & Co.


absnj - 4/10/2013 at 06:17 PM

What happened to George Porter?


RPMcMurphy - 4/10/2013 at 09:34 PM

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What happened to George Porter?


From George's facebook posts at the time, it sounded like he would jump at the invite. But I never held out that much hope for him being a full time replacement. He always seems to have a pretty full itinerary and maybe the band thought there might be too many scheduling conflicts. Or maybe they thought he wasn't as good of a fit that I thought he was. Those Porter shows were SMOKIN! Maybe I'm biased as I'm a big Porter fan, but the two shows I caught in November had a special energy.


sixty8 - 5/21/2013 at 02:48 PM

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Why would Todd want to leave a regular gig with JJ Grey and Mofro to go to a band that dumped him previously?


Dumped him???? I was unaware that Todd was ever in TTB to be dumped from them. Maybe they don't feel Todd's style fits the band???


No1ToRunWith - 6/2/2013 at 08:12 PM

Who IS the bass player ???


DerekAndSusanBand - 6/3/2013 at 02:07 PM

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Who IS the bass player ???


Krasno and Tim Lefevbre on summer tour dates. On the album it's Pino Palladino, Bakithi Kumalo, Dave Monsey and George Reiff.


absnj - 6/3/2013 at 05:42 PM

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Who IS the bass player ???


Stay tuned for the new Sony-sponsored reality TV show: So you think you can play bass? Winner gets t tour with the TTB for a year. Auditions coming to a Fairway Market in your neighborhood. I cannot wait for the judges to be announced.


WharfRat - 6/16/2013 at 10:27 AM

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Who IS the bass player ???


Krasno and Tim Lefevbre on summer tour dates. On the album it's Pino Palladino, Bakithi Kumalo, Dave Monsey and George Reiff.


In other words...

They dont have one.


Marley - 7/3/2013 at 11:12 PM

This is one hell of a campaign WharfRat and No1 have going. It's sure to force the band to... something. Or not.


lukester420 - 7/4/2013 at 02:06 PM

What's Ted Pecchio doing, does anyone know if he has a steady gig? I figured he would be the obvious choice. George Porter Jr would also be an excellent fit.


Marley - 7/9/2013 at 07:45 PM

Yeah, I've always thought Pecchio was a likely choice. I'm not sure what he's doing right now. I've seen him play with Yonrico and with Geoff Achison, and he was part of the five-piece Scrapomatic lineup at the Beacon a couple of years ago. Porter was awesome with the TTB but I expect he's doing too many other things with the Meters and Meter Men and everything else. That was a one-time thing and a great collaboration.


Hollowdweller - 10/24/2013 at 03:09 PM


I saw the TTB last night in Charleston WV.

They were good, but they played here maybe 2 years ago and were like 110% then. I'd give them 75 or 80% last night.

The sound was a little muddy, had trouble hearing Susan on the new songs but my friend and I agreed that the band really misses having Oteil on bass. He and Derek play off each other and the music was missing a dynamic element that they had before that really pushed. The bass player they had now was more just following along.

Seemed like Derek and Kofi were carrying most of the improvisation and also they played a lot of slower numbers and less jammy numbers where Susan sung a lot but since she was a bit muddled in the mix it was hard to appreciate. She should have moved over to Mike Mattison's mike because he was fully audible.

One good thing I thought was they let Mattison sing a couple, last time he was the warmup band but didnt' sing any with them. I always really thought he was as important part of the Derek Trucks band as Derek so it was good so see him getting some singing time.

On Smalley, I thought he was good in the DTB but not the same sort of bass player as Oteil. I have never heard any tapes of TTB with Porter but I would think he would be a better fit if Oteil is not available.

On Mofro. I always LOVED that band. To me they were very mellow yet intense. However since they no longer have Hance or Sluppick in the band they've lost a lot of what appealed to me in the band. Now they are more rave up instead of slow burn.


Marley - 10/24/2013 at 06:39 PM

They've been implying for at least a month Tim Lefebvre was going to be the guy, and now it's official. He's played with them on most of their fall dates.

http://www.tedeschitrucksband.com/news/tim-lefebvre-joins-ttb-on-bass

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We're excited to announce that bassist Tim Lefebvre is the newest member of Tedeschi Trucks Band. Tim first performed with the band in Nashville on July 19 and as Derek told Nola.com, "It just felt right. Two or three shows into it, we were playing some of the best shows we'd ever played."

Tim is a veteran of the Los Angeles and New York music scenes on both electric and upright bass, having performed and recorded with Bill Evans, Wayne Krantz, Mark Giuliana and many others, in addition to his contributions to film and TV scores like The Departed, Ocean's Thirteen and 30 Rock.

Special thanks to each of the many amazing bassists who performed with TTB this year: Eric Krasno, Pino Palladino, George Porter Jr., Bakithi Kumalo, Ted Pecchio, Dave Monsey and George Reiff. It's been an honor and a great compliment to have so many great bassists appear with the band this year.

Says Derek: “The bass player is a linchpin in the group. Everything keys off of that. The drums have to lean on it, harmonically you have to lean on it. We knew it was going to be a unique and amazing experience to play with world-class players and hear different flavors of what the band could be. You really learn who you are when you see it from all those different angles. We hoped we would know when we found the guy, that it would just be obvious to everybody. But then you get into it, and there’s so many things you love about everybody you play with that you start wondering if that is going to be the case."

On behalf of Tim and the entire TTB, we're looking forward to performing for you soon.

...

NOTE - After reading this announcement, Tim and the band offered their own additions to Tim's bio. Please enjoy this enlightening and mostly false addendum to his official band biography:

Aside from his bass duties, Tim has served as the band's barista and contributed to the overall regularity of the group. As a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts, Tim immediately becomes one of the top 3 most redneck members of TTB. Have you seen his friend Sully? When Susan was asked about Tim she responded "which one is he?"

Anonymous pony-tailed TTB member says he tends to rush difficult musical passages and lacks dynamic touch. Has all the subtlety you'd expect from a 6'11'' viking. Also known as the poor man's Pino Palladino. "Whats he doing in his bunk, eating sardines or what?" adds Mike Mattison.


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