Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on May 13th 2010 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
So, for such an impressive resume, what have been some of Beck's favorites? "Everybody that I played with had their own place, their own benefits to me -- and vice versa, I hope," he diplomatically tells Spinner. But upon further review, he does recall a few that stand out. "[Jazz bassist] Stanley Clarke. When I found people listening to 'Blow By Blow,' that opened up not only the public buying side of things, but I got letters and requests from other musicians. It really made me realize the power of music. And then Jan Hammer, of course, who I toured with for over a year. That was a master class everyday listening to him, the tradeoffs and the fiery solo. That was my training ground, really."
As for vocalists, Beck is clearly a soul man. "I did do a show, a Rainforest benefit. Patti Labelle sang and I couldn't play," he recalls. "There are not many singers that make you incapable of playing because they're giving it out so loud and so clear and powerfully. Sadly, Ray Charles is gone -- I'd have loved to have worked with him. Most of the people I would have loved to work with are now gone."
Still, he's not complaining. "I did work with Les [Paul] and that was another amazing thrill. Sly Stone, I worked with him. I've been to Motown. I've had a pretty good time," he says, laughing.
And what makes a great collaboration? He refers to his work with Joss Stone on the new album as an example. "Working with Joss and just everybody who has a like mind, the inquisitiveness and the diversity, the richness," he says. "Thank god they haven't made a law that prevents that."