Current Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones is much more than a mere backbone to one of the greatest rock bands in history. His extensive musical journey spans collaborations with icons like Miles Davis, Sting, and Madonna, revealing a versatile artist whose prowess transcends genres.
Jones, whose remarkable career with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spans three decades, initially made waves by contributing to two albums with the legendary Miles Davis. In a recent interview with Bass Player, Jones delved into his experiences with Sting, highlighting the distinct musical synergy they shared on “The Dream of the Blue Turtles.”
As reported by UG – When asked about bass-centric conversations with Sting, Jones acknowledged the Police bassist’s creative basslines, emphasizing Sting’s unique ability to seamlessly blend musical idioms. According to Jones, this fusion allowed Sting to carve out his own musical identity and market.
Reflecting on the contrast between playing with Miles Davis and Sting, Jones emphasized Davis’s trumpet as a vocal force, underscoring the iconic jazz figure’s unparalleled presence. Jones’s transition from the realm of Davis to the pulsating pop energy of Sting’s solo venture showcased his adaptability and artistic range.
He said: “When I joined Sting’s band, people would ask about the difference between playing behind a trumpet and playing behind a voice, and I’d say, ‘Man, Miles is a voice!’ When the Stones were looking at bass players, they looked at my name on the list and someone said, ‘Darryl Jones… who’s he played with?’ ‘Miles Davis,’ came the answer. ‘Let’s get him in…’ It doesn’t matter who it is, that’s always been the reaction. I introduced Sting to Miles, during the recording of ‘You’re Under Arrest’, and that blew Sting’s mind! Miles had everyone’s respect.”
Jones’s musical odyssey didn’t stop there. His association with Madonna added another chapter to his illustrious career. Describing the demands of working with the Queen of Pop, Jones explained the intricate nature of Madonna’s music, where precision played a pivotal role. He shared insights into witnessing Madonna’s dedication to realizing her artistic vision during their collaboration.
The bassist’s journey from the avant-garde world of Miles Davis to the pop spectacle of Madonna epitomizes the multifaceted nature of his musical prowess. His ability to seamlessly traverse diverse genres speaks volumes about his adaptability and the universal respect he commands within the industry.
As Darryl Jones continues to etch his mark as the Rolling Stones bassist, his journey through the annals of music history serves as a testament to the enduring power of collaboration and the limitless possibilities within the realm of musical expression.