JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2016 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
You can build an eight piece band around a good bass player. This guy had five strings but he never overplayed. Seattle's Polyrythmics, in the big tent, sounded like a jam band but if they were really jamming it would all be a mess. They played solid grooves with the horn section dropping in and out like a reggae band. They get behind the bass player and keep it upbeat and listenable.
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