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Friday, August 20, 2004

Even More Session Players

As usual, Velvel gets it right on the head.

I would add one more scenario to his classification:
Bands that use session players to replace them on albums. That's common both in the JM and secular worlds. A good producer will have the session players "play down" to the level of the original band, so that you just get a "neater" version of the music, that can still be mimicked by the original band on stage. A bad producer will have the session players play above the level of the band, so that it's pretty obvious that they've been replaced.

I recall speaking to a friend many years ago who was in the secular music world about how much I loved the bass playing of (embarrassed to say) Andy Taylor of Duran Duran. He asked "Do you mean him or the guy who ghosts him on their albums?"

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