Jon Reshard

JonReshard2Jon Reshard is a great young bassist who is carving a new path for the 4 string bass.  His style is heavily influenced by rock, but he adds angular fusion lines, slapping, tapping, sweep picking, fingerstyle, and funk to the mix.  Reshard is a strange blend of Stanley Clark, Jaco, Billy Sheehan, Cliff Burton, and Victor Wooten all rolled into one.  Crazy.

There’s not much bio info about him on the web, but I’ve consolidated everything I could find into this post.  Jon Reshard is not a big name yet, but he will be soon.  His facebook fan page is here.

From his band Elixir On Mute:

By age 15, Jon Reshard had recorded a drum and bass album with drum phenom Tony Royster Jr., which was followed by a Guitar Center Clinic tour by the duo. By age 18, he began working with Shrapnel guitar artist Greg Howe, was recording Soundproof and touring Europe in support of the album.

Jon has been featured multiple times in every U.S. and many international bass publications, and produced his own instrumental album in 2008 featuring Greg Howe, and drummer Dave Weckl. That project led to a call from Prince, who tapped Reshard as his bassist for an unreleased project.

He’s also toured with The Memorials – a Bay Area thrash band founded by drum prodigy Thomas Pridgen (ex-The Mars Volta).  In 2010, Jon and vocalist Afton started the band Vigilant, and have been working on new material for eventual release.

“Emergency Exit” by Greg Howe.  Reshard is playing a Brown’s Guitar Factory chambered fretted/fretless bass through his Ampeg SVT rig.  Absolutely sick.

“Hyde” by Jon Reshard  (Bass solo starts at 1:33)

“Save It” by Jon Reshard

“She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel  (Solo Bass)

With Vigilant