Full-length film gives the veteran bassman star billing with a host of rock and pop heavyweights in supporting roles
When we interviewed Nathan East about his then-upcoming first solo album and career last April, there was no inkling that a full-blown documentary might be in the works. As it turns out, a modest effort to shoot a making-of film of East’s solo recording debut morphed into For the Record, a retrospective of the consummate bassist’s career.
Available for streaming on Hulu, the documentary features such luminaries as Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Lionel Richie weighing in on East’s enormous contributions to popular music. With more than 2,000 album credits including a number of Grammy winners, East may be the single most-heard sideman whose work the average listener knows by heart, but whose identity remains hidden. In a just universe, For the Record should change that.
The decision by Yamaha Entertainment Group—East’s label—to produce a full-length documentary came as a surprise to Nathan. “I'd say it was 80 percent-90 percent done when [Yamaha Entertainment Group president and documentary director] Chris Gero sprung it on me. Usually, only the upfront people get something like this. I'm blessed beyond belief." In referring to the doc as his “20 Feet from Stardom moment,” East draws a fitting parallel with the Oscar-winning film that brought a collection of unheralded backup singers into the limelight.
Musician’s Friend has enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with Nathan East over the years in which we’ve discovered what the documentary amply demonstrates: not only is he an astoundingly talented bassist, he’s also one of the kindest and humblest guys in the business.
At Musician's Friend we’re proud to offer Nathan’s signature model Yamaha Bass. And for the budding bassist seeking to learn from a master, we also offer the Nathan East The Business Of Bass DVD as well as the excellent tutorial, Nathan East Contemporary Bass DVD.