Colin Trusedell’s Sound Advice 

click to enlarge RENE TAPIA
  • Rene Tapia
Indianapolis transplant Colin Trusedell has earned his place as our city’s jazz ambassador to the rest of the free world, having scored feature articles in both Downbeat and Bass Player Magazine, as well as positive reviews in Jazz Times and All About Jazz. So far he has six album releases under his belt, and a new collection of jazz standards with vocalist Krista Joyce is on the way. He also gigs regularly as the standup bassist in his Colin Trusedell Trio and electric bassist in the jazz-funk fusion outfit Quartet of Jazz Death.

During daylight hours, Trusedell is the musical director for the Air Force Academy Band’s Top 40 ensemble, Blue Steel. He’s also the adjunct Professor of Bass at Colorado State University – Pueblo, and host of the “Colin Trusedell Jazz Jam” podcast, which features interviews and in-studio performances.

Following is a small selection of the bassist’s favorite recordings that, surprisingly enough, reach well beyond the realm of jazz.

First record I bought with my own money: The Way by Fastball. This is such a good album to sing along with, and I still love the vibe.

Artist more people should know about: Hiatus Kaiyote. This band from Australia is SOOOO GOOD! One of the best bands of this decade, with serious groove and melody, excellent harmony, and unique musical flavors anyone would like.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. Such an awesome bass line and people love it every time it comes on.

Favorite song to cover: “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas. This is such a fun tune to play for a bass player using a pick. It has so many moments of just pure balls-out rock.

My latest online discovery: Changes by Mutemath. I am so in love with this album right now that I’ve listened to it probably 10 times in the last week. The first tune is so cool, and the chorus chords are really nice.

Essential autumn listening: The Infamous Stringdusters. Gotta have my bluegrass, and with fall coming on, the Stringdusters are an absolute must.

Guilty pleasure: Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt. This is actually one of my favorite albums of all time. I would rock this as a kid and still dig it very much.

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