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Studio legend Carol Kaye gives Gene Simmons a lesson on bass

Discussion in 'Bass' started by audiokid, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    This is awesome.

  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Carol is a classy lady... incredibly talented, not only on bass, but on guitar, too.

    I sent her an email last year, just to tell her how much I respected her playing, and the fact that she played such a huge part in the music that became the soundtrack to my generation.

    I never expected it to happen, but She actually wrote me back, she was very sweet, and even told me a few behind-the-scenes stories from a few sessions.
    She mentioned being very sad about the current state of the music industry, the fact that so much great music could still be made, if only talented musicians would actually play and record again.... together.

    I treasure that email. ;)
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Kurt invited Carol Kaye to RO a long time ago. Members asked her questions and she answered them with delight. The threads vanished though, what a loss.
  4. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Lol...Gene looks like a beginner !....but I suppose, when you are taking lessons from a master;)

    - Thanks for sharing Chris, I hadn't seen this one before, its good viewing(y)
  5. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Carol Kaye would in no doubt be the greatest bass player that graced this earth...no-one even comes close
  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Well.. I don't know about "greatest"... she is a great player - and would certainly be on my list as of "one of the greatest of all time"... but she's not the only greatest player, and I think she'd probably be the first one to say that ...

    There have certainly been other incredible session bassists, James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt ( Motown) Donald "Duck" Dunn ( Stax), Leland Sklar ( James Taylor, Carol King, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne), Kasim Sultan ( Rundgren, Utopia, Meatloaf, Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult), Tony Levin ( has played on over 500 albums for artists like Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Cher, Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper...)

    From the Funk/Jazz side there was Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, Charles Mingus, Bootsy Collins.... It's a pretty long list of fantastic and influential players.

    They're all great, and they all do what they do superbly. It's hard to pick out just one and say "greatest", because they were all so great, and so different.


    Babbit: ( @2:05)

    Louis Johnson: (@2:20)

  7. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    I should have ended my post IMO....;)

    -But if you asked me if I had a choice to jam with anyone I choose, it would be Carol Kaye
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    We had Kasim as a mod here but after he agreed to, he never showed up lol. I finally removed him. He return the odd time but it seemed more like a publicity reason. I think I talked to him from NY once. Nice guy, great career. Busy fellow.

  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Kurt, they were calling her Carol Kane?
  10. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    ahhh ..... the "Ferd Berfel" thread .... lol! that was a thread about a certain piece of gear that i said i didn't like. Doc made a mistake with her name i guess.
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  11. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Fun times, you kicked a lot of ass back then. yup... Fun times.
    I have searched the forum thick and thin for those interviews, with nothing. Those were so special times. I must have lost a lot of data migrating from the old forums to where we are now.
  12. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Yeah, one would think that he's probably a bit too busy doing other things, and probably wouldn't have the time to moderate a website. He always seems to be doing something; touring, recording, etc.

    It is pretty cool that he at least popped in a time or two, though. ;)

    RO's definitely got a solid reputation for being the "home base" of serious professionals.
  13. Mike Caliri

    Mike Caliri Active Member

    Over 10,000 recording's.She is a legend.Never made a lot of money.
  14. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Another good interview of Carol
  15. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    amen to that.

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  16. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Man,, she is so smooth and her axe is so well tuned.

    Kurt, how did you and Treena hook up with Carol Kaye?
  17. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Treena got to know her on internet. i think it had something to do with the Slutski thing. btw, she (and the other Wrecking Crew musicians) did get paid well for the sessions. triple scale i think. Hal Blaine remarks in the film that he was a millionaire until he went through a bad divorce.
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  18. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    She (carol Kaye) was super cool in the wrecking crew and muscle shoals documentaries. Jeff Becks bassist on tour is also a female, and a real monster on the instrument. Not that it matters, but there's a lot of girl bass players I see at clubs and shows. I wonder if they are biologically inclined to have better rythym. Either way she is such a huge part of music history. I wish there was a class or a book recognizing the work and life of all ther unsung, but often heard, music heroes.
  19. Mike Caliri

    Mike Caliri Active Member

    I believe she still gives lessons online.
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  20. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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