Wilkenfeld composed, produced, arranged, and played bass on seven intricate tunes with Wayne Krantz, Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Seamus Blake, and Keith Carlock. Transformation has been released in Australia and Japan, and remains a steady import in other territories.
Aware that Chick Corea was seeking a bass player for an upcoming tour, Wilkenfeld sent him demos of Transformation. She was elated to be selected to accompany him on his Australian tour early 2007, along with Frank Gambale and Antonio Sanchez. A few months later she joined up with Jeff Beck, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jason Rebello for Beck's summer European tour. After returning from Europe, the group completed their tour at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, Illinois, performing to a sell-out crowd of approximately 40,000. By November 2007, Wilkenfeld rejoined Beck's band for a week of gigs at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, where the band was joined on stage by Eric Clapton, Joss Stone and Imogen Heap. Several rock luminaries were spotted in the audience, according to the BBC, including Robert Plant. This concert was recorded and filmed and has been released on CD and DVD as Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's. On the same trip to England, Wilkenfeld joined Herbie Hancock on a session with fellow jazz icon Wayne Shorter, which was filmed for the A&E series Live from Abbey Road. Singer Corinne Bailey Rae, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta were also featured on this session. Wilkenfeld wrapped up 2007 via a pair of standing-room-only Greenwich Village gigs with Wayne Krantz.
In 2008, Wilkenfeld accompanied Krantz on gigs in Los Angeles, and then embarked on a tour of Australia in the fall of 2008, with Wayne and Keith Carlock- a reunion of the core band who appeared on "Transformation". At the conclusion of the tour, Wayne and Keith, along with John Beasley, backed Wilkenfeld during her headlining set for Bass Player Magazine's Bass Player LIVE! 2008, in Los Angeles. Elsewhere in July 2008, Wilkenfeld accompanied Jeff Beck at the Grammy's Tribute to George Martin concert in Los Angeles. She also appeared at Warren Haynes's 20th Annual Christmas Jam, reuniting with the Allman Brothers Band, and also guesting with Gov't Mule, Ivan Neville, and Robben Ford.
2009 started off with a tour of Australia and Japan with Jeff Beck, and weeks later, a tour of the United States, which began with a performance at Beck's 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There, they played "Beck's Bolero", and were joined by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page on "Immigrant Song". In the few weeks break between touring Japan and America, she appeared as the very first special guest to sit in with The Roots on the Jimmy Fallon show. She then embarked on Beck's summer tour through Europe, Canada and the UK. During the UK run, David Gilmour sat in with the group during a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Wilkenfeld has also performed with such notable musicians as Hiram Bullock, Susan Tedeschi, Rod Stewart, John Mayer, Ron Holloway, and Prince.
Wilkenfeld endorses Sadowsky Bass Guitars and strings as well as EBS Professional Bass Equipment amplifiers, cabinets, and pedals.
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Tal Wilkenfeld (born in Sydney, Australia ca.1986) is an Australian bassist who has gained worldwide attention performing alongside some of rock and jazz music's most notable artists. In 2008, Wilkenfeld was voted "The Year's Most Exciting New Player" for the year in a Bass Player Magazine reader's choice poll. She has impressed critics and fans alike with musical achievements usually reserved for players with relatively long established careers. Wilkenfeld became a professional bassist after only three years on the instrument. In addition to her work as a sideman for many of music's legendary musicians, she has assumed the role of bandleader to her own eponymous trios, whose musicians have included Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, and Jeff "Tain" Watts.
Wilkenfeld began playing guitar at age 14. Two years later, at the age of 16, she dropped out of high school, saying that "it just wasn't going to work for me", and emigrated to the United States. Upon arrival, she studied electric guitar, but within the year made the switch to electric bass at the age of 17. After a matter of a few months, she was offered an endorsement with Sadowsky Guitars, devoted herself to forming a band of her own, and began composing her own material. At age 18 she moved to New York City and began making a name for herself in New York's jazz clubs.
In 2006, Wilkenfeld performed as a guest with the Allman Brothers Band, and recorded her debut solo album, Transformation, which was recorded over a period of two days when she was just 20 years old.