Madame Frit is the UK PM. Regan is the “acting” US president. The phone rings. You pick up the receiver. There’s an Englishman on the line. Gordon Sumner, a world-renowned bassist, composer, recording and performing artist at the apex of his commercial popularity in ‘85, asks you to play bass on his debut solo album and tour!
The only cat for the gig was Darryl Jones, who absolutely killed it on record and on stage in the service of Sting. Hot off his tenure with Miles, “The Munch” lays down a monster pocket with his Fender Jazz scoop tone and his melodic slap / finger style approach.
On the live renditions of Police cuts, Jones enhances Sting’s original passages and fortifies the almighty groove whilst Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim rip the joint. With Janice Pendarvis and Dolette McDonald on backing vocals, as I was witness at 3AM ET at The Ritz in New York City, it doesn’t get much better than this.