Laying Down The Groove With Barry Sparks
Recently I got the chance to work with Barry Sparks in the studio. For those who do not know Barry, he is one of the world’s top bassists, with a career that includes work with legendary acts like Yngvie Malmsteem, MSG, Ted Nugent, Dokken, Scorpions, and more. I actually used to play in his band for a while and recorded drums for his full-length release Don’t Look Back. Since Barry is touring the world I never get to see him, so it’s always a special treat to be playing alongside him in the studio. The amount of energy and soul that he brings to recordings is like no other. It’s crazy how musical he is – most of the songs he tracked he had only heard a minute or two before, and the takes he laid down are definitely keepers! Check out this video: notice his left hand adds vibrato by bending certain notes and his right hand is blazing – all while sight reading!