Luis Espaillat

Session Bassist - Nashville

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Nashville based session bass player on many charting songs, major motion pictures, tv shows, commercials and video games.

Luis Espaillat is a multi-faceted bassist and musician whose career has spanned many genres and taken him around the world.  His unique sound can be heard in all forms of media from shows on network television such as Smallville and King Of The Hill, major motion pictures including S.W.A.T. and American Wedding and even video games including Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and Project Gotham Racing. 
 
In the studio, Luis can be heard in various genres from country legends like Michael Martin Murphey to contemporary country, Juno award nominees Autumn Hill, the #1 Country Christian song, “I’m There” by Buddy Jewell, TV commercials for the likes of Ford Trucks and Zaxby’s to the Billboard Top 20 hard rock sounds of Eve To Adam.  His sense and respect for the art of the song itself has made him in demand for many songwriters and producers not only in Nashville, but also Los Angeles and New York City.  On the stage, Luis has performed with country stars Trace Adkins, Chris Carmack, Jamie O'Neal, Jimmy Wayne, Lindsay Ell, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, and James Otto, rockers such as Tantric and Bo Bice, progressive instrumentalist like Johnny Hiland, and even artists that defy normal convention such as country rapper Colt Ford, just to name a few.

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9 Reviews

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  1. Review by Thor Simonsen
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    Amazing-sounding results and quick turnaround!

  2. Review by adan s.
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    Super generous w/ time, talent, musicality! Very nice to work with! Highly recommended! Thank you Luis!

  3. Review by Scott Joyce
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    My song was lifted to a whole new level once Luis put the bass part it really needed on there. Luis has played on several of my projects in the past but this last one (rhythmic jazz/funk style) really required a broad knowledge and ability and he really came through. I highly recommend Luis to provide your song with the bass part it really needs.

  4. Review by Rachel Solomon
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    Luis is an awesome bass player, and provided exactly the bass part I was needing for a song. His playing his nothing short of tasteful and musical. Luis is really versatile too, he is fantastic at many styles of music!

  5. Review by Michael J
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    I had the pleasure and honor of working with Luis on my last full-length album release and on a few single releases also, both for myself and an artist I produced. He instantly elevated every song he played on. Whether the backing track was electronic or utilized a real drummer, Luis always found a way to bring his unique, world-class sense of melody, perfect tone, and impeccable feel to the songs. He gave the tunes the groove they needed to bring them to life. He was very easy to work with and incredibly flexible also. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

  6. Review by Gaurav Bali
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    I've spent many hours in the studio with Luis, including making an entire record with him. Saying that he doesn't disappoint is an understatement- always has killer ideas, great feel, amazing tone and is open to ideas. During the time we made a 13 song album his bass lines went the smoothest and quickest out of all of us. If you're looking for a versatile, world class bassist who's easy to work with look no further...He's always at the top of my list when anyone asks for recommendations!

  7. Review by Tim Dolbear
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    Total pro! Can't recommended higher. He absolutely killed it on a track call "the end of it all" by Hesperus Rising I just produced.

  8. Review by Jim Ivins
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    Luis is a world class bass player in the truest sense. Played with him live several times and he proves time and again to be the consummate professional. He is also a top-notch session player. I sent him a track and within 72 hours he sent me back a flawless bassline that elevated my song to the next level. Hire him and never look back.

  9. Review by Brian Donovan
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    Luis is my first-call session bass player. He is such a steady player and is extremely inventive, but he also knows when to just lay back in the track. Solid sounds that NEVER disappoint, and he takes direction VERY well, so if I get a track back and need a couple of tweaks...he's all over it. Super friendly, and always meets his deadlines. Can't ask for more than what Luis provides with ease.

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Gear Highlights
  • Various vintage P-basses ('66
  • '77
  • etc)
  • and other Fenders
  • Sadowskys
  • Hofner club
  • Pedulla fretless
  • upright bass. Various outboard gear and large plug in collections.
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