I've just had a really vivid flashback from almost 40 years ago. I'd got a regular gig with a West Indian reggae band and my first club date with them was a marathon one on New Year's Eve with a very early start. When I got there, it became clear why this was: it kicked off with a kids' party. And it got worse. The club manager asked us to play a short set, then some "Pink Panther music" when the Pink Panther himself arrived. Fortunately, some years before, I'd shared a house with a friend who was learning jazz arranging and we used to play through a lot of sheets. Somehow I remembered the first section or two of the PP theme. The reggae boys joined in, kind of, and we got away with it for just long enough until the guy in the pink costume left. After that, I had to play some keyboard tunes on a Hammond B3 for the children's games, because our organist had a meltdown due to the Pink Panther incident and just froze. I'm no keyboard player, not familiar with kiddie tunes and had never seen a B3 till that day. I still remember the sweat running inside my shirt. All in all, it was such an awful experience I now can't remember how to play any of the PP theme, sorry windmill. But it's a very clever piece of writing.
Perhaps once I have learnt the bass part and convinced my bandmates to play the tune, we might work it up to point where I could do a bass solo like that, it might take about 20 years to acheve all that tho'
It's not that hard to do, and I'm not even a bass player. Okay--I'll admit my technique is crap and I get a lot of finger noise, but speed-wise, that bass solo thing is not too technically challenging.
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