Darryl Jones recently engaged in a conversation with Bass Player, delving into his musical journey pre-Rolling Stones. The bassist shared insights into collaborating with Sting of The Police for Sting’s 1985 debut solo album, ‘The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.’ When asked about discussions on bass-playing, Jones revealed, “Not really, but he wrote some great basslines, and my ear was open to that. What impressed me most about Sting, besides his obvious gifts as a composer and lyricist, was that he combines idioms so well – and that allows him to create his own music and his own market.”
Jones’ admiration extends beyond Sting’s instrumental prowess, highlighting the unique fusion of musical styles that sets Sting apart as a versatile and innovative artist.
Harmonizing Contrasts: Exploring the Musical Divergence of Sting and Miles Davis
Prior to his collaboration with Sting, Jones was a pivotal member of Miles Davis’ band. In 1984, he laid down the bass parts for Davis’ ‘Decoy’ and continued the musical journey with the iconic trumpeter for ‘You’re Under Arrest’ in 1985.
Reflecting on the distinct experiences of working with the Police bassist and Miles Davis, Jones shared, “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!'” This sentiment captures the unique and transcendent quality of Davis’ trumpet, equating it to a vocal expression in the musical narrative.
Musical Metamorphosis: Miles Davis’ Impact on Darryl Jones’ Artistic Journey
Joining The Rolling Stones as their bassist nearly a decade after collaborating with Sting, Darryl Jones brought a wealth of experience from his time with Miles Davis. Recalling the audition process, Jones shared:
“When the Stones were scouting for bass players, my name came up, and someone asked, ‘Darryl Jones… who’s he played with?’ The response, ‘Miles Davis.’ That sealed the deal – ‘Let’s get him in…’ It’s a universal reaction, regardless of who it is. I even introduced Sting to Miles during the recording of ‘You’re Under Arrest,’ and that blew Sting’s mind! Miles had everyone’s respect.” While contributing to eight albums with The Rolling Stones, Jones didn’t participate in their latest release, ‘Hackney Diamonds.’ This marks the first album since 1989’s ‘Steel Wheels’ to not feature the longtime band member.