From the bottom up: play those roots!

One thing struck me during my musical education and “career”: the players that succeeded to “play the changes” in their solos earlier than anyone else were bass players. They were not only faster to do this regarding fresh (new) tunes, but they could do this sooner in their development as a musician. This doesn’t mean they play the most interesting solos, but just (at least) solos that sounded more “right”.

How come?

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