Group : John Mayer Trio
Main guitar : Fender Precision 1962
An absolute “must-hear” track : Who Do You Think I Was (John Mayer Trio)
Pino Palladino is not a superstar among the general public, but in the world of musicians and music lovers who linger on record booklets, the man is a true legend. The Welsh bassist has played on such an impressive number of albums that it would almost be faster to list the hits from the ‘80s on which he does not play.
It all began with Gary Numan’s 1982 album, I Assassin. He then played on Paul Young’s first album and from that moment on he became a secret weapon of choice for all producers. He can be heard on tracks recorded by David Knopfler, David Gilmour, Tears For Fears, Pete Townshend, Elton John, Don Henley, Phil Collins, and Melissa Etheridge. With all those different artists, he built his signature sound with fluid fretless basslines, an ever-irreproachable musicality and precision with the big octave sound he got from his Music Man StingRay.
In 2000, he reinvented himself for D’Angelo’s legendary album, Voodoo, on which he used his Precision and Jazz Bass to lay down huge grooves that set the subwoofers trembling. From that point, he became the bass player of choice for recording artists in the new millennium, including Adele, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and even Nine Inch Nails. He also played regularly with Jeff Beck, and even replaced the late John Entwistle in The Who from 2002. Finally, in 2005, he joined Steve Jordan on drums and formed the luxury rhythm section of the John Mayer Trio, a group that finally allowed Palladino to stand out in the eyes of the public for his elegant and effective artistry.