Bassist Fernando Saunders is a one man orchestra. His artistry with Lou Reed from 1982 until the day the beloved bard of New York City passed in 2013 is a master class in the symphonic powers of the fretless bass in a rock context – with equal respect to the remarkable Tony Franklin with Jimmy Page/Paul Rodgers’ The Firm. It’s no secret to astute listeners that Lou often rendered identical chord passages throughout his matchless career.
However with Fernando by his side – no two Lou Reed songs sounded remotely the same. Saunders’ chord extensions – which amazingly consisted of very few notes, coupled with his precise use of harmonics and sustain were compositions unto themselves. In addition to his stellar solo albums, Fernando extended his brilliance on releases by Jeff Beck (With the Jan Hammer Group Live), John McLaughlin (Electric Dreams), and Marianne Faithfull (A Child’s Adventure), among others.