Jeff Berlin

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Jeff Berlin
Jeff Berlin 2007 in Austin TX.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jeff Berlin
Born (1953-01-17) January 17, 1953 (age 62)
Origin Queens, New York
Genres Jazz fusion
Progressive rock
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Labels Random Act Records, Rock Empire, Denon Records
Notable instruments
Dean Edge
MarkBass Amps

Jeff Berlin (born Queens, New York, January 17, 1953[1] is an American jazz fusion electric bass player.


Jeff Berlin originally played violin for 10 years, but seeing The Beatles inspired him to play bass.[2] He then attended Berklee College of Music to study bass.[3]

Style and appreciation[edit]

In a review for his album Low Standards, Bass Musician Magazine says "Anytime I mention [Jeff Berlin], there seems to be a ripple in the force and the wave of Berlin supporters or antagonists come to the surface and spout-off their opinions. No matter where you stand regarding Jeff’s musical philosophy, no one can reasonably deny the simple fact that Jeff seriously knows his craft and is one of the major players of our time."[4]

Berlin's playing style has been compared to that of Jaco Pastorius, however Berlin has repeatedly stated his distaste for Jaco-imitators.[5]


Jeff Berlin Discography


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  2. ^ Mulhern, Tom (1993). Bass Heroes: Styles, Stories & Secrets of 30 Great Bass Players : from the Pages of Guitar Player Magazine. Backbeat Books. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-87930-274-0. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ake, David Andrew (2010). Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time Since Bebop. University of California Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-520-26688-9. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Low Standards: Jeff Berlin". Bass Musician Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Jeff Berlin: Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!". Bass Inside. September 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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