“Jim Fielder is one of the pioneers of the Fender Bass. His lines were as important and recognizable to listeners as the melodies and words.” Ron McClure
As a founding member of Blood Sweat & Tears, Jim Fielder’s bass playing captivated millions by way of the band’s extraordinary run of hits and classic albums, including the monumental Child Is Father to the Man (1968), and BS&T (1969) both of which were a groundbreaking meld of rock, jazz, rhythm & blues, and pop music.
The towering Texan also contributed to landmark albums by Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (guitar on Absolutely Free), Buffalo Springfield (Again), George Benson (Tell It Like It Is), Tim Buckley (s/t, Goodbye and Hello), Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Al Kooper among others.
Profoundly inspired by James Jamerson, Fielder likely helped Fender sell many a Precision bass in the late 1960s as his warm gritty tone, and soulful improvisations within Blood, Sweat & Tears’ amazing repertoire were a constant presence on AM/FM radio. Following his time in BS&T, Fielder became Neil Sedaka’s musical director/bassist for several years.
For additional insight on Jim’s career, check out KYBP Chicago Bureau Chief Joe Gagliardo’s Goldmine interview – published in 2010. https://bit.ly/2yMIivf
Jim on stage with Buffalo Springfield – Courtesy Buffalo Springfield Com
Jim Fielder Sound & Vision….
Gene Clark: “Kansas City Southern” https://youtu.be/pmk_P5C2uQI
Buffalo Springfield: “Everydays” https://youtu.be/Q5uqYTCOSsM
Tim Buckley: “Wings” https://youtu.be/GY35hx7Vemo
George Benson: “My Woman’s Good to Me” https://youtu.be/vvcnsvOWsjk
Blood, Sweat & Tears:
“Blues Pt. 2 https://youtu.be/O1ZRcI3g9vs
“Somethin’ Going On” https://youtu.be/fbzDl8DvSbQ
“Down in the Flood” https://youtu.be/M2zxGPHJyvk
“Smiling Phases” https://youtu.be/6ltXpCYDXKg