Bandit's post yesterday about John Entwistle got me thinking about bass players in general, and one of my first thought was of Flea. I have always liked his work, particularly how he was such a melodic player. Not to mention one of the funkiest people I have ever heard.
I found this video, in which there is not nearly enough of Flea and Chad, but the interview that follows is interesting, even though the interviewer is a dope. When Flea starts singing along to his solo, it struck me just how much his singing sounded like jazz scat singing. When Flea was young, his step father was a jazz musician, and hosted jam sessions in his house, and Flea became a trumpet player. It seems clear that these early influences pervade his playing to this day.
Looks like this might be a multi-part video.