OK, since we're opening this up a bit, to provide a little perspective on what great rock bass playing is all about, how about a clip of the best rock bass player of all time, John Entwistle (RIP), aka "The Ox" (btw I caught the St. Louis date of this "Quad" tour in '97--best rock concert ever for me, in addition to meeting John and speaking with him briefly prior to the show at a small showing of his drawings at a local gallery--remember the group's "Who by Numbers" album? Yes, John did the cover art):
Eat your heart out, Tal! :twisted:
The video posted by the OP is not a jazz video either--and Jeff Beck is a rock guitarist, not jazz (hence, the perspective).Saw this Jeff Beck video some time back. Yeah, Tal Wilkenfeld plays great, and looks even better! I also admit to being flabergasted the first time I saw John Entwistle on a live video. His fingers were a blur of non-stop motion - I had no idea that he was such a monster player, albeit not in the jazz mold.
Just because you go consistently go off with an absence of data or fact doesn't mean that your perspective reflects reality.So is this Tal Wilkenfeld the real deal and not just a novelty? It seems like most of the stuff you see about her is from 4 or 5 years ago, when she was what?--19 or 20? You can even see what I'm talking about in Beck's expression when she solos--like "wow, I can't believe this kid can play like this." I guess "only time will tell" in terms of seeing if she has staying power as an adult.
The fact that he had to "settle" for John Paul Jones--definitely in the Top 10 on any list of all-time great rock bassists--says even more about how special John was.
This I agree with. John Paul Jones' bass was perfect for the Led Zep tunes. Also he played keyboards, such as the atmospheric organ on Thank You, and also played and arranged the iconic recorders at the starting section of Stairway To Heaven. In this respect, I doubt John Entwistle could have outdone him insofar as powering Led Zeppelin goes.John Paul Jones plays many instruments and does it well, including but not limited to folk and electronic. He is a vastly underrated musical powerhouse phenomena.
Just because you go consistently go off with an absence of data or fact doesn't mean that your perspective reflects reality.
It's not about "time will tell" - she is in demand as a musician. How 'bout you?
From Tal's website: http://www.talwilkenfeld.com/
"Fulfilling the title of her critically-hailed debut disc, Tal Wilkenfeld's transformation has been continuing at a dizzying pace. Early 2009 saw Tal in New York City where she was featured as a special guest on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" sitting in with "The Roots". She then went on to tour extensively with Jeff Beck in Australia, Japan, America, Europe, Canada and the UK. During the UK run, David Gilmour sat in with the group during a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall. One of the highlights of the year included playing with Jeff at his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which featured Tal playing "Immigrant Song" with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Jeff Beck Recalls: "When I was inducted, we were going to have Jimmy Page come on and play '(Beck's) Bolero'. But I didn't think it would be right for him to be playing rhythm guitar all the way through that one number. Then the phone rang and it was Tal Wilkenfeld, my then bass player. She was on the way down in the elevator and told me we should play 'Immigrant Song.' We were going on in ten minutes and had no time to rehearse. She said 'Oh, when you stop in the middle of 'Bolero', when the rhythm changes, we'll kick in to 'Immigrant Song'. "That's what I like - right on the hoof. Nobody knew, the lighting and sound guys didn't know, the organizers didn't know. I just grabbed the microphone and shouted, "Jimmy Paaaage!" and went straight into the song. I loved that. That's what you call dangerous, that's living on your reflexes."
July also found Tal in the studio, playing bass on a track for Herbie Hancock's upcoming CD. In October Tal reunited with Jeff at Madison Square Garden for the historic Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's 25th Anniversary two night concert. Beck's searing set included guests Buddy Guy, Sting and Billy Gibbons.
February began with the exhilarating word that Jeff Beck had won a Grammy for the much acclaimed CD/DVD "Jeff Beck: Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's." In addition, Tal was featured on 4 tracks on Jeff's new album, "Emotion & Commotion", leading Bass Player magazine to write, "Wilkenfeld powers four tracks with present, prescient parts; this includes 'Serene,' with her ear-grabbing fills and brief but bright solo." On the flipside came the news that after three thrilling years, Tal could not participate in Beck's current world tour because of scheduling issues. The time had come for her to focus all of her energy into writing and recording for her new solo project. While working away on her album in Los Angeles, Tal was asked to record on 3 CD's that are all due out in June 2010. Herbie Hancock's "the Imagine Project" where Tal appears on "A Change is Gonna Come" featuring James Morisson and "Don't Give Up" featuring John Legend and Pink; Macy Grays "The Sell-out" where Tal performs on the song "That Man"; and Lee Ritenours "Six String Theory", Featuring Tal on "68" with Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, and Slash; "In your Dreams" With Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour; "Give Me One Reason" with Joe Bonamassa and Robert Cray; and Guthrie Govan's song "Fives" featuring a solo by Tal. On May 23rd she made a special appearance at the Baked Potato 40th anniversary show at the Ford Ampitheater with Steve Lukather's band.
Along with all the albums due out this summer, Tal will accompany Herbie Hancock on dates across US, Canada and Europe to support his new CD "The Imagine Project". This short tour will include two special shows at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl to celebrate Herbie's 70th birthday.
While talking to the Ventura County Reporter about the upcoming tour, Herbie enthuses "I’ve also got Tal Wilkenfeld, an electric bass player from Australia; she’s been working with Jeff Beck. One of the most important qualities I look for in a musician is intuition. Absolutely. Vinnie Colaiuta has that. So does Tal Wilkenfeld, even though she’s still a budding musician. To me, she’s a derivative of Jaco Pastorius — she has the technique, the lyricism, and she plays flawlessly. But Jaco’s only one of her influences. I listen to her and I think: how can she only be 24?"
After the tour, Tal returns to the studio, and is aiming for an April 2011 release of her new CD."