MagiChorus TonePrint by Nathan East

With the Corona Chorus, Nathan wanted to maintain a subtle tone that would not overpower the original sound of the bass. It had to be a sound that could help sustain notes in ballads without being too 'wobbly'. The TonePrint ended up having a magical aura, hence the name 'MagiChorus'.


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Nathan East's "Magic Chorus" TonePrint for Corona Chorus

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When Nathan East joined us to create his TonePrints he brought along a clear vision for what he wanted. He feels that “when you are a bass player and you pull out a pedal, listeners are going to be a bit more weary of the change in your sound because everybody loves to feel the bass.” As a result of this Nathan wanted to keep a subtle tone for this TonePrint creations. TonePrints that would sound great but be usable above all else.

It was important to Nathan that his creation for the Corona Chorus didn’t sound too ‘wobbly’ especially when he plays ballads where he has a chance to play longer notes whilst sustaining them.

The outcome of the session was a rather dreamlike chorus sound, which Nathan described as having “a magical quality” and appropriately named it the MagiChorus.

During our interview with him, we discovered a lot of interesting facts about Nathan’s collaborations and the people who have shaped his career.

TC: Where did you start playing bass? NE: Although I was born in Philadelphia, I picked up my first bass in a church in San Diego. After that I joined numerous school and local bands. One of my groups was heard by singer Barry White and he hired the entire band for his national US Tour!

TC: Who have you collaborated with? NE: In the early days, with Barry White who sort of launched my recording career. Through the grapevine I was recommended for many great sessions here in LA, especially by top arranger Gene Page. I worked on the debut recordings of Madonna, Anita Baker and Whitney Houston. Also Hubert Laws, Patrice Rushen, Billy Cobham; where I started developing my jazz chops. Phil Collins rang to do some recording with him in London; we wrote the song “Easy Lover” with Philip Bailey; and he introduced me to Eric Clapton. Later collaborations included Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder. I worked with Bob James, at the recommendation of Harvey Mason and Lee Ritenour, we formed the group Fourplay and have now been together for 20 years!

TC: Do you have any advice to young people looking for your kind of career? NE: Listen! Try to take your game up and keep your eyes, ears and mind open. I listen to everything. I think it is good to have a wide variety of styles and genres at your fingertips. Also make as many friends & connections as possible.

TC: Did you practice incessantly? NE: Not too crazy. I would play along with records that I liked and was busy gigging from an early age so I learned whilst I earned.

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