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Goodbye Tony Vaz…


One of the finest Bass players in India, Tony Vaz is no more.

He passed away on 29th June 2007. May his soul rest in peace…

A favourite of RD Burman (who saw him play in a hotel once and then never composed any songs without him), Bappi Lahiri and a host of other music directors including Vishal Bahrdwaj who used him for the film Maachis.

Tony Vaz  was suffering from severe diabetes and after a paralytic attack forced him out of the circuit, his last days in bed were sadly miserable with no help from any of his friends or relatives.

This was an article published in The Times Of India  on 4th September 2003.
I always respected Vishal Bhardwaj as a musician; after reading this article, I respect him more for the person he is.

Some of Tony Vaz’s cool bass lines:

1. Tu Tu Hai Wohi – Ye Wada Raha
2. Jaane Do Na – Sagar
3. Tujhse Haseen Dekha Na – Harjaee
4. Pyar Hame Kis Mod Pe – Satte pe Satta
5. Mera Kuch Saman – Izazat
6. Silk Hawa Choo Gayi – Libaas
8. Tujhse Naraj Nahi Zindagi – Masoom
9. Aisa Sama Na Hota – Zameen Aasman
10. O Babua – Sadma
11. Mere Khwaab Me Jo Aaye – DDLJ
12. Tumse Milke – Parinda
13. Pyar Karne Wale – Shaan

… there a thousand more gems like this.

Tony Vaz is not there anymore, but whenever you are listening to a classic from the 70s, 80s and 90s and hear distinct bass lines, chances are that he is standing right besides you and enjoying the song with you!


Photo Courtesy: Manish Kulkarni – Ace Bassist and student of Tony Vaz Sir

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