Jay Anderson provided bass for Frank Zappa's "Thing-Fish" album. He can also be heard on the 1984 re-release (overdubs) of "Cruising With Ruben & The Jets", and probably also on "The Man From Utopia" remix.
|1978 herman, woody- la fiesta|
|1980 hino, terumasa- live in warsaw|
|1981 sullivan, ira- ira sullivan does it all|
|1981 mcrae, carmen- live at bubba's|
|1982 rodney, red- sprint|
zappa: the man from utopia
(1983, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
mothers of invention: cruising
with ruben & the jets
(-) - bass overdubs on the 1984 re-release
|frank zappa: thing-fish
(1984, 3lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
1985 mintzer, bob- first decade
|1986 akiyoshi, toshiko- wishing peace|
|1986 rodney, red- no turn on red|
|1986 wallace, bennie- brilliant corners|
|1987 waits, tom- frank's wild years|
|1988 denon jazz sampler, vol. 3|
1988 dial, garry- dial & oates (acoustic bass)
|1988 spies- by way of the world (arranger, keyboards, computers/sound tracks, acoustic bass)|
|1988 kelly, julie- some other time|
|1988 rodney, red- one for bird|
|1988 rodney, red- red snapper|
|1989 weiskopf, walt- exact science|
|1989 code red- code red|
|1989 belden, bob- treasure island|
|1989 bernhardt, warren- heat of the moment (acoustic bass)|
|1989 belden, bob- straight to my heart: the music of|
|1990 campbell, john- turning point|
|1990 brecker, michael- now you see it...now you don't|
|1990 watkins, mitch- curves|
1990 bernhardt, warren- ain't life grand (bass, piano)
|1991 bernhardt, warren- reflections (acoustic bass)|
|1991 calderazzo, joey- in the door|
|1991 schaefer, hal- solo, duo, trio|
|1991 dial & oatts- brassworks (acoustic bass)|
|1991 stryker, dave- passage|
|1992 cooley live- livewire (background vocals)|
|1992 jay anderson- next exit|
1992 wall, jeremy- stepping to the new world
|1992 stern, mike- standards (and other songs) (acoustic bass)|
|1992 samples- underwater people (engineer, mixing)|
|1992 rodney, red- then and now|
|1992 schneider, maria- evanescence|
|1993 dial & oatts- dial & oatts play cole porter|
|1993 rogers, billy- guitar artistry of billy|
|1993 okoshi, tiger- echoes of a note (a tribute to louis (bass, acoustic bass)|
|1993 delano, peter- peter delano|
|1993 jamal ski- roughneck reality|
|1993 vitro, roseanna- softly|
|1993 sara k.- play on words|
|1993 arriale, lynne- eyes have it (bass, acoustic bass)|
|1993 cables, george- i mean you|
|1993 mintzer, bob- only in new york|
|1993 bley, paul- if we may|
|1994 salvatore, sergio- tune up|
|1994 perry, rich- beautiful love|
|1994 davis, michael- midnight crossing (bass, acoustic bass)|
|1994 belden, bob- shades of blue|
|1994 jay anderson- local color|
|1994 best of chesky jazz & classics, vol|
|1995 bley, paul- speachless|
|1995 hart, john- high drama|
|1995 sample, joe- old places, old faces|
|1995 mintzer, bob- big band trane|
|1995 perry, rich- what is this?|
|1995 chesky woodwinds collection|
|1995 collection, vol. 1|
|1995 lamb, chuck- as above so below (acoustic bass)|
|1996 brisker, gordon- gift|
|1996 stryker, dave- blue to the bone|
1996 dion, celine- falling into you (acoustic bass)
|1996 juris, vic- pastels|
|1996 bley, paul- reality check|
|1996 cables, george- skylark|
|1996 rodney, red- tivoli sessions|
|1996 juris, vic- moonscape|
|1997 burner- burner|
|1997 wilson, glenn- porpoise avenue|
|1997 ferre brothers- new york|
|1997 sample, joe- sample this|
|1997 cables, george- dark side, light side|
|1997 konitz, lee- dearly beloved|
|1997 smith, louis- there goes my heart|
|1997 best of smooth jazz|
|1997 perry, rich- left alone|
|1997 konitz, lee- out of nowhere|
|1998 sample, joe- best of joe sample|
|1998 blue box, vol. 2: finest jazz vocal|
|1998 jvc xrcd, vol. 2 sampler|
|1998 okoshi, tiger- color of soil|
|1998 mintzer, bob- quality time|
|1998 greenfield, haze- jazz-a-ma-tazz|
From: Patrick Neve
Jay played bass on Thing Fish... "Briefcase Boogie" to be sure, though I'm not sure which others. He also did bass overdubs on the 1984 remix of Cruising with Ruben and the Jets. He has last been seen playing a gig at the Blue Note in NYC with the Steve Slagle Quintet (12/13/99).
Bassist/composer Jay Anderson takes center stage on his debut recording Next Exit with Randy Brecker on trumpet & flugelhorn, Billy Drewes on reeds, drummer Jeff Hirshfield, guitarist Wayne Krantz & keyboardist Dave Witham. Local Color also explores post-bop modern jazz with special guest Toots Thielemans. "Anderson's versatile, fixed ensemble quickly stakes out a sound and then navigates multiple variations thereof. This is a bona fide band of considerable breadth.
Hi, just letting you know that in the Jay Anderson discography, the Jay Anderson doing the photographs (the Ruby Braff listing) is Jay Anderson the jazz photographer, and he's not the same guy as the bass player.
From: Jack P. Armstrong
During "Briefcase Boogie," right after Thing Fish says "Sister Obdewllla?!" a trumpet or something in the background plays what sounds like the trombone lick in "Debra Kadabra" that makes fun of that movie. it repeats the lick more than once, and sounds very similar, but not exactly like the "Kadabra" one - is this intentional, you think?
From: Patrick Neve
would be Jay Anderson bowing an upright bass.
You can hear him plucking it earlier in the song.
Gosh it sure sounds more like a cello to me..
he must be playing the highest registers of the instrument.
pointing out that part of the song.. I hadn't heard it this closely before,
and I think there's some interesting interplay between the upright bass,
vocals, electric bass and drums. It
starts off with Jay playing along
to Chad and the electric bass player (who is that? Barrow? Thunes?)
... and later during the section you describe (:53) the bowed instrument
is presumably playing the part of Sister Obdwella X.
(Is that a correct assumption?)
As far as the "Brainiac quote", I'd say it was unintentional, but who knows. Probably Jay knows. Sounds like it's about 4 of the 5 correct notes, and it might even be in the same key, but I haven't checked that out. My hunch is that if Frank had wanted that line to be quoted he would have made it a wee bit more obvious.. most of that album kind of hits you over the head. So that would leave the options that (A) Jay quoted the Brainiac of his own accord on the spot, or (B) it was just an improvised moment of shmaltz that ended up sounding alike.
From: Arthur Barrow
do not play upright acoustic bass! That is someone else on Ruben. Maybe
Jay Anderson (string bass on Thingfish)? I'm not sure, but I think it
The reality is that my involvement w/Zappa was 1 day of work, but what an interesting day it was.
Chad Wackerman was an old friend of mine. Frank asked if he could recommend and acoustic bassist. I was the guy. My schedule was nuts because I was permanently moving to NYC the day after the session....in fact I had to borrow a bass because mine was already in NY.
To be honest, I wasn't that familiar with Zappa's work. I knew that he was an amazing musician and looked forward to working with him. He had evidently just gotten the rights to some of his older music back from WB(?) in a lawsuit that he won. (you probably know more about it than me)
I was the only person at the session.....aside from Frank and the engineer. I was there for about 12 hours. I don't know if Zappa even knew what was going to be what. He just wanted to get as much out of me in those 12 hours as he could....I was happy to oblige. I had heard about the difficulty of his music, so I was a little apprehensive about the task that lay ahead of me. Oddly enough, I didn't read one note of music.
Some of the work was replacing the bass parts on some old M.O.I. stuff. We would listen together...he'd ask my opinion, I'd transcribe the tune & bass parts and go. We probably did 8-10 tunes like that. The rest was just improvising over pre-existing live tapes and some studio stuff.
I remember at one point he said " wait 'till you hear the guy throw-up then pull out your bow and make it sound like rats running across the floor". This gives you an idea of what the session was into. It was a lot of fun.
He was very respectful, wanted my input, and was great to work with. I remember he wanted me to hear some other things he was working on. We spent an hour listening to guitar transcriptions that Steve Vai (?) had done of Franks vocal improvs. Amazing!
don't know if Frank knew the music was going to be Thing Fish or not. Believe
it or not I've never heard it! (or any of the other stuff I did) Chad
told me that the stuff I did could be on many CDs, I have no idea.
have no idea what the Debra Kadabra thing you're talking about is.
did the session when I was about 27 (now 44).