Outside of the USA, audiences aren't bombarded with images of African Americans being
bad,lazy,shiftless,dumb or dangerous.So when you show up with a group of cats,you can be
viewed strictly as some bad mutha fuckas,period.Also because we pose no threat to them on
any level,they're not afraid to acknowledge that peoples of African descent have superior
rythmic capabilities and feel for certain musics.Doesn't mean that no one else isn't
great,but when they hear some brothers funkin' or swingin'they're not afraid to admit that
it's our feel,and anyone else can share it,but we have it naturally.Black people that
never touched an instrument in their lives can be funky,or swingin'.And they also know we
takin' our black ass back home so they ain't worried bout you stealin their women and
shit.If we steal one or two along the way that's alright though.Cause they know most of
the time they'll be back anyway! I've been working on music for a
new record too.I've played for other people for so long I didn't realize how much my thing
WASN"T really developed,so I've been working on my playing more than in years. The
new record will be a whole different guy.
Yea , Vic.... I feel U , when I turned 40 ( sporty ) a yr. ago
I decided to FINALLY do MY own thing [ exclusively ]
I was like : "If not NOW...WHEN ? "
Cause, the "Hired Gun" thing is cool for awhile....
And, if U can finish your own sentences ? ( MUSICALLY )
Then YOU SHOULD !!!!
Learn what U can Learn......Then " GO & APPLY" the Shit ?!?!
VICTOR BAILEY :
At some point if you have something to say .. you HAVE to say it. I played on 1000 records and three of them sound like ME : MY records ! I'm proud of the career Ive had but, 99 % of what people think is me.... actually represents a fraction of my capability.Most of the time I'm playing basslines written by someone who doesn't play the bass,written on a keyboard with two fingers.Then that comes out and peole think that's MY concept. Kid Logic from my Bottom's Up record is MY concept of a bassline! As proud as I am of Weather Report, I was playing way more shit back then . than is on any of those records. Ask anyone who was in the 55 Grand St. or 7th Ave South clubs back in the day,or saw WR live with me and Omar. Now there's all this stuff out there, that I just sound a'ight on to me, and I'm glad people dig it....but , lots of 'em have no idea what I really do. Gotta do YOUR thing after a while.
Actually, that was the "Funk" guys !!!!
But, Corny.... Never Sleeps !
VICTOR BAILEY :Sometimes when you're going for something different cats don't get it at first. Right before I came to New York Marcus had gotten big in the studios,and most young brothers were trying to sound like him.Some cats would say : "You need to check out Marcus". I said "shit,why did I need to check out somebody I was just as good as?To tell the truth I thought I was better! I didn't give a fuck how big anybody's name was,when it was time to hit, it wasn't NO THING, with ANYBODY I was hearing at the time.The whole idea with this style of bass created by Stanley, Alphonso, Jaco was new, and nobody was trying to apply it to the funk. So those guys thought I didn't know what I was doing. Now... everywhere I go , I meet cats they've bragged to about hittin' with me when I was young.
Ha ha ha.
VICTOR BAILEY : My recording of "Knee Deep" on the last cd was a reactionary thing in a way.I was talking to someone about how lame I thought most of the smooth-jazz cover stuff was,and they said "well what can you do with a cover"? So, I sat down and did my version of a classic tune. Though I don't think of it as a cover, I think of it as an "Arrangement".
Victor ..NOBODY swings harder than YOU !!!!
U take cash or charge for lessons ?
VICTOR BAILEY :
Foley.... you're one of the rare cats these days who know how much swing and bebop are a part of my foundation !! Growing up I never listened to Jaco for 'jazz" playing like a lot of cats.I listened to Ron Carter, Ray Brown & Paul Chambers. I try to give lessons but , sorry to say :
I'm a terrible teacher.
"Damn, Damn, Damn" -------Florida Evans ( Good Times )
The SMARTALECMUSIC BURINING QUESTION :
Indies vs. the Majors
Omni-Important ? or In the End
it doesnt *really* Matter ?
VICTOR BAILEY : As I've grown in age an experience,I've come to the conclusion that being a musician is not having a record deal,making money,being famous etc.Being a musician is BEING a musician.Major labels are great if your goal is to be a star.
VICTOR BAILEY : If you just want to be a creative artist it's not always the best situation.I would never get the kind of support to just express myself on a major label like I do from ESC Reords.None the less I must say to be on a major and have their support can be a great boost to your life as a musician,and your life in general, if your relationship works well.
This pic was taken mins. after Victor's beloved signature bass was Stolen
( it was missing for Months )
Im gonna throw some Names @ ya
( Respond however U wish )
VICTOR BAILEY : In twenty years of working with Joe on and off,I never heard him make a mistake.The man is TOTALLY dedicated to music and even at 72 years old he's still reaching for new things all the time.
VICTOR BAILEY : Add to that that he's very serious about life,not one of these "hang out" type of cats.I've been around a lot of bad cats,but there's another level,of TRULY great cats,and he's there for sure.He's a heavy guy on every level.After 23 years of knowing him there isn't one thing I can say I have ever seen that was not together.He's a little rough on some cats,but regardless of what they may say about him,they,no WE,were all better musicians and stronger men after we played with him.And some of those cats couldn't even play so they should be grateful to have shared the bandstand with him even once.I'm gettin' a little rough myself now huh!?
Yes, Indeed !
VICTOR BAILEY : Needless to say,Jaco opened up a lot of doors on the bass.He's one of those rare cats who influence how people that come after play.What he had that so many of his disciples miss though,is great feel and groove.A true master.
His Bass shit ..I already heard it from "Alphonso Johnson"
( that close to the bridge fingering)
But, Jaco's MUSIC MIND ?!?!
That's where his genius was shown !!!
HIS DRUM SHIT ALONE !!
Teen Town ??!?!?
People always talk about the bass on that tune ....
TOTALLY sleepin' on his DRUM work !!
VICTOR BAILEY :
And all the arrangements and shit too.Cats also sleep on the fact that none of his writing
was too busy or complicated.The shit he played was ridiculous,but the tunes had
grooves,nice melodies,and nice harmony.Sophisticated,but not trying to show how deep he
could get.Telling stories.So many disciples have these records with all this shit on it
and NO tunes I can remember.
VICTOR BAILEY : Like I said before when you go for something
different,cats don't always "Get It" at first.But Lenny did,and the
cats that didn't were no lenny white's,so I'll go with the CAT! He used me in situations at a time
when everyone was looking for marcus or some other young cat playing like Marcus. and he
always said "play YOUR thing. And he's not only a great drummer.... but a great
musicain as well. We ( You & I ) worked together with him and you know that music was
off the heezy!
Aaaaww, man ....
THAT was a cool-ass band !!
VICTOR BAILEY :
That last one was phenomenal !!
You, Donald Blackman AND Patrice Rushen, Bennie Maupin,Mark Ledford, Lenny.....SICK !
Yea..... We did the Gott Damn Thang , that tour !!
The standard of his work is
so high you cannot play any of the songs he played on without playing his
basslines.They're a part of the song now.That concept didn't exist on electric bass before
No Jamerson ?
No Peace ! ( If
U "THINK" U play BASS )
His Rocket thing was a ground breaking moment for hip hop getting exposure to the mainstream.I'm as big a fan of Herbie as anyone alive,but not his hip hop shit.It's some watered down...who's that dude...Bill somebody?......mmmmmm.......yeah ok,right......
I haven't been around Wayne for a long time but when i was he was ALL music.
Yeah, that's wha's wrong wit da vibe right now.
Mufuckas don't be sayin' how shit IS !!!
Everybody 'spose to be a "Bad Kat" if they're doing well ?!?
I'm never one to HATE on 'em .....but , Let's keep dis shit Ree-yall !
Peace to all *Real* musicians out there, let's keep doin' it.
Aiiiiiiight, Mayne !!!!!
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