by Xris Bland
With the recent passing of YES Bassist Chris Squire, it's easy to say that rock has lost one of the greatest bassists of all time. As co-founder of the progressive rock band that created musical landscapes of such complexity and wonder as to make YES the Conjurer of realms, Squire elevated the bass to a lead instrument, walking the frets far away from simple root-note pulse to intricate melodies both subtle and thunderous. He inspired many and shaped much, but such reflections may amount to too many words. To YES fans, Squire's uniqueness was evident from the band's inaugural self-titled 1969 album, and to those who aren't familiar with Squire and the musical worlds of YES, the music speaks for itself in Squire's solo from 'The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)," filmed in July 2003 during the band's headlining performance at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
Rest in Peace Sir, you will be missed!