It is paved with spiky, spine-tingling bass lines, the Saturday Street
that Australian jazz artist Wayne Jones walks on. Saturday Street
, Jones' latest album, is a glistening summer soundtrack that bathes in the pulsating energy of city life, from sun-drenched strolling to a midnight slow jam at a club. On the title track Jones' bass feels like a living entity; it throbs with vigor and swagger while jumpy piano adds further electricity.
The forcefulness of Jones' bass playing is easily the most recognizable aspect of his style. On Slow & Mellow," Jones is downright funky on what is essentially a romantic ballad; his bass literally leaps out of the speakers. According to Jones, the two-fisted punch of his bass is rooted in his original desire to become a drummer. I used to have a passion for playing drums in my early teens," Jones recalled. I started playing bass around 1969 after an industrial accident left me unable to hold a drumstick properly. I turned professional in 1976. It's funny how fate works. I much prefer bass as I now have both rhythm and melody to enjoy. I guess I used the passion I had for the drums and applied it to the bass."
Jones displays extraordinary command of the bass in Saturday Street
, and it may cause one to assume that he received formal training with the instrument; however, that was not the case. Like many of my generation I was self-taught," Jones revealed. I learned from records. I would listened to a few bars, lift the arm off the turntable, copy the phrases, and then put it back in roughly the same spot for the next bit. Eventually I had to teach myself modes, scales, and arpeggios. I'm sure glad I did as these are the tools I use to draw from when I play."