It’s “Cream Theme” week here on the Bonamassa Blog, and it’s impossible to talk about Cream without mentioning their status as the original power trio in rock music! Power trios, of course, usually consist of a three piece band containing guitar, bass, and drums, as Cream did. So I started wondering to myself: what would be my ultimate Joe Bonamassa power trio? What soul shaking bass player and hard hitting drummer would make the most amazing music combined with the insane guitar prowess of Mr. Bonamassa? Hmmmm…. Let’s start with the low-end guitar because, like Meghan Trainor on a fishing trip, I’m all about that bass.
My pick for our all-star bass player is none other than Mr. Victor Lemonte Wooten. Vic Wooten is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the most incredible musicians I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to see live. Not only can he work that fret board faster than The Flash can make a ham sandwich, but he can throw his bass around while he’s doing it. Unreal. Vic’s main gig is as the bass player for the banjo-led cosmic-jazz group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, but he also has an extensive output of solo works and has collaborated with some other fantastic musicians, including his SMV project with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. But while his main gig is jazz, I have no doubt in my mind that Victor can handle any style and genre of music, and that he would be phenomenal in a blues rock setting with Joe.
To complement Joe and Victor on the skins and complete our power trio supergroup, I select Mr. Carter Beauford, full-time drummer and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band and occasional Victor Wooten collaborator. Carter can do it all, from the most subtle jazz cymbal tapping to funky- timed snare and tom grooves that still find a way to make you dance your butt off. But though Carter is deeply rooted in jazz, I think he might be the best rock music drummer of the last two decades, with percussion so rich and creamy it almost sounds like a melodic instrument. While Carter has been criticized by some for being “too busy” on the kit, it’s a criticism I disagree with – he’s as busy as the song or the jam needs to be, but rarely have I heard him overplay. And I think he’d be amazing behind Joe and Victor.
I’m so excited thinking about the possibilities these three men could create together musically that I might start crying, so I think instead of that I’ll just watch some videos of these two talented rhythm geniuses at work:
– Brian R.