Pino Palladino Uncovers New Horizons In Pursuit of his Musical Spirit on 'Notes with Attachments'
Photo by Alex KluftEvery time Pino Palladino has reinvented himself as a player the bass world has followed and the music he is supporting has prospered. Yet considering the trendsetting incarnations of his bass persona—melodic fretless wizard with Paul Young, Gary Numan, and Don Henley in the ’80s and ’90s; pocket redefining R&B groove genius on a flatwound-strung P-Bass with D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and the RH Factor in the 2000s; and more recently, rock super-sub with the Who, Eric Clapton, and Nine Inch Nails, and singer-songwriter’s best friend with Paul Simon and John Mayer—how could anyone venture a guess as to what Pino Palladino the artist might sound like? The answer has arrived, and as with his bass transformations, you would have never guessed anyway. Notes with Attachments [Impulse!, 2021], which Palladino is calling a collaboration with guitarist-producer extraordinaire Blake Mills, is a revelation. Moving at a meditative pace, the eight-track instrumental a