Reply to "The Nigel Griggs appreciation thread"

I'd actually written a post to this thread last night that seems to have been consumed in the ether never to be seen again. No matter, I think perhaps it's been said more eloguently than by my own words:

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Originally posted by Mr. Sadly:
I think those showboating-type bassists lack the confidence to play with taste - confidence that Nigel has in spades!


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Originally posted by Mr. Sadly:

What I thought it might be was that the Enz may have been a bit more musically adventurous as a unit. Whereas the later Finn efforts put a greater focus on showcasing the song, with a tendency towards simplicity over intricacy. Certainly both approaches are valid, but I think you get a bit more to talk about with Enz arrangements.

A complete and utter generalization, mind you! Some Enz songs were very simply cast. And some solo, brothers, or CH songs incorporate outre touches. But those tend to be the exceptions.


Generalisations aside, this is a point I've often made when comparing Nigel to Nick, or to those who have played bass for the Finn Brothers (thinking specifically of Brothers and Tim solo, where Dirty Creature often makes an appearance). There does tend to be a greater complexity to Enz songs, yet they vary so much from song to song that discretion is required as to whether to thump them out or play something rather elaborate in a rather subdued nature. Nigel seems to have this ability down pat, whichever is required of him. It is, I feel, what is actually required of any bass instument (as someone who hasn't played bass but has played trombone, which can have a similar role).
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