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What they say about Dave Swift.




Many of us harbour a desire to make a living from playing bass. But if you want to make it you’re going to need to know your onions. With this in mind, we thought it would be a damn fine idea to tap into the considerable experience and collected wisdom of one of the UK’s top session bassists. Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together, and give a warm welcome to Dave Swift. As Jools Holland’s bassist for over two decades, Swift is arguably the UK’s highest-profile bass player. He has made more TV and radio appearances than David Beckham’s had haircuts. In addition, Dave regularly tours the world with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Not a bad gig, eh?
“One of the UK’s top bassists.”Bass Guitar Magazine

Of course, this level of success didn’t happen overnight, so some enlightenment is required – and where better to meet than at Jools Holland’s Helicon Mountain Recording Studio. As I walk through the door to the studio’s live room, a plaque located just above it reads ‘The Greatest Of Mortals Have Walked Through These Portals’. This is a pretty fair estimation, when you consider the likes of BB King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Paul Weller and three of the Beatles have recorded here. Once inside, I’m greeted by Swift, who – ever the pro – is getting a bit of practice in. Swift looks like the kind of guy only a fool would mess with. However… read full article here


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