Fernando Saunders (Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer)



A composer, sideman, collaborator, producer, singer, recording artist, educator and bassist… Fernando Saunders a one-man orchestra!


His tenure with Lou Reed is a master class in the symphonic powers of the fretless bass in a rock context.  Akin to Sir Paul, Brian Wilson, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, and Jaco Pastorius – to cite  a select few – Saunders’ approach to the instrument is composition. His bass passages are songs within the songs – employing chord extensions, harmonics, pedal tones, and sustained notes, among other techniques to serve the singer, songs, and melodies. 


Fernando has waxed seminal sides with Lou, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, and Marianne Faithfull, among others, and his collaborations are numerous. Be sure to check out Fernando’s solo slabs as well which traverse jazz, funk, rock, rhythm & blues, new age, pop, soul and permutations thereof!


Fernando Saunders Sound & Vision….


Fernando with Lou:


“Legendary Hearts” https://youtu.be/Ltk-F6eFfmc


“My House” https://youtu.be/Dtiih7wk4uQ


“Pow Wow” https://youtu.be/VS5mzCDz2vQ


“New Sensations.” https://youtu.be/PrXIoHyfObg


Fernando with Jan Hammer and Jeff Beck:


“Earth (Still Our Only Home)” https://youtu.be/2i9tEXyDqes


Fernando with John McLaughlin and the One Truth Band: “Electric Dreams Electric Sighs” https://youtu.be/18Lnod4TAsY


Fernando with Marianne: “Times Square” https://youtu.be/B8CqnKYfNTQ


“Live in LA” (Part 1) https://youtu.be/In0_XQfbiyw


“Live in LA” (Part 2) https://youtu.be/nDwQrziwW0M


Fernando flying solo “I Will Break Your Fall” https://youtu.be/3Cr_WgCxBJE


Keep up with all things Fernando:  http://fernandosaunders.net/