Salvatore Maida was among the stellar bassists employed by one of the most influential collectives in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: Roxy Music.
Maida, who migrated to London from Little Itlay at the onset of the glam rock movement to pursue his craft, shines on two stunning tracks which outstrip their respective studio versions – “Pyjamarama” and “Chance Meeting” – included on the iconic ensemble’s only live collection released during their 1970s reign as vanguards and innovators.
Utilizing a plectrum and a 1965 Fender Precision, Sal lives for the pocket with a penchant for plying inventive upper register countermelodies which harmonically and rhythmically enhance any song he plays on.
Mr. Maida, who is also a writer/producer, additionally worked his signature bass artistry with the Sparks (Big Beat / 1976), David Lowery (The Palace Guards/ 2011), and Ed Rogers (Porcelain / 2011 and KAYE / 2014), among many others. Sal was also a member of Cracker and appears on Greenland (2006) Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey (2009). Sal is married to singer songwriter, recording artist Lisa Burns, with whom he has collaborated with on several projects including her solo sides Unadorned (2004) and The Last Day of Winter (2014) by George Usher and Lisa Burns, among others .
The live Roxy disc Viva! (1976) with bassists Sal Maida, John Wetton, and John Gustafson, is long overdue for the deluxe treatment as it stands among the all time essential live albums of any era in the art-form that is rock ‘n’ roll!