27th Sep 2010
Q: How do you get an bass guitarist to turn down his amp ?
A: Put a piece of sheet music in front of him.
All musicians have funny stories but this one really strikes a chord. The following exercpt is taken from an interview with former Brand X bassist Percy Jones, posted on Facebook's "For Bass Players Only" page.
FBPO: You've done a lot throughout your varied career. Do you have a good story you can share? Something that really stands out?
PJ: There are a few, but one that comes to mind was when I was recording with Big Jim Sullivan and Simon Phillips. We were recording a tune and I was reading a chart that Big Jim had written. I noticed everything sounded kind of strange and I noticed Big Jim looking over at me a few times. Anyhow, we all continued and finished the take. I remember thinking, "Wow, this is some interesting harmony!" It turned out I was reading a chart for another tune.