Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tal Wilkenfeld - Super-Talented Young Female Bass Player

Only in a couple of short years playing the bass guitar and this young talent has played with some of the greatest musicians around. She's the talk of the town now and the musician to look out for in the future. If she's this good after only playing for a couple of years, I can't wait to hear what she's gonna do later on.

Born in Sydney Australia in 1986, Tal Wilkenfeld first picked up guitar at age 14, and switched to the bass guitar 3 years later.

After playing bass for only a few months, Roger Sadowsky heard Tal, and offered her an endorsement with Sadowsky guitars. Very quickly, Tal started performing as a sideman and bandleader, and started working towards the recording of her debut album, “Transformation”, which she recorded at the tender age of 20. As well as playing bass, Tal also composed, arranged, and produced the album, which features Wayne Krantz, Geoffrey Keezer, Keith Carlock and Seamus Blake. That same year, she appeared as a guest with the Allman Brothers Band, and taught a clinic at bass day 06.

When she was 21, Tal accompanied Chick Corea on his tour of Australia, and Jeff Beck on his European Summer Tour. The Beck tour culminated at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, where Jeff featured Tal with a blistering solo on “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” that many regard as one of the highlights of the show.

Since then, Tal has played with many other greats, including Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Joss Stone, Wayne Shorter, the Wayne Krantz Trio, and Corinnie Bailey Ray, and has been voted as “The Years Most Exciting New Player” in Bass Players 2008 Readers Choice Awards.

Jeff Beck with Tal Wilkenfeld
at Crossroads 2007 Live

Jeff Beck and Tal Wilkenfeld
from Crossroads 2007 Chicago playing
"A Day in the Life" by The Beatles

Tal Wilkenfeld - Serendipity

Tal Wilkenfeld - Transformation on iTunes
Tal Wilkenfeld - Transformation


  1. I saw Tal with Beck at Crossroads last summer, and their set was UNREAL.

    Just got the new Beck live CD, and I've been enjoying it.

    I agree - she's one that will be fun to watch, for sure!

  2. That's very cool you went to Crossroads and got to see them. I've been a Beck fan for many years. Love his sound.

  3. WOW I play the Bass and have seen many great Bass Players and she is going to the top I thought I was good Again WOW Im Thinging of changing instruments