I first saw Tal Wilkenfeld when she appeared with Jeff Beck at Eric Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Festival. She’s one of those remarkable musicians whom you immediately identify as someone with extraordinary talent who will leave a lasting mark on the music world.
From her MySpace biography:
Born in Sydney Australia, Tal first picked up guitar at age 14, and switched to the bass guitar 3 years later.
After playing bass for only a few months, Roger Sadowsky heard Tal, and offered her an endorsement with Sadowsky guitars. Very quickly, Tal started performing as a sideman and bandleader, and started working towards the recording of her debut album, “Transformation”, which she recorded at the tender age of 20. As well as playing bass, Tal also composed, arranged, and produced the album, which features Wayne Krantz, Geoffrey Keezer, Keith Carlock and Seamus Blake. That same year, she appeared as a guest with the Allman Brothers Band, and taught a clinic at bass day 06.
When she was 21, Tal accompanied Chick Corea on his tour of Australia, and Jeff Beck on his European Summer Tour. The Beck tour culminated at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, where Jeff featured Tal with a blistering solo on “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” that many regard as one of the highlights of the show.
Since then, Tal has played with many other greats, including Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Joss Stone, Wayne Shorter, the Wayne Krantz Trio, and Corinnie Bailey Ray, and has been voted as “The Years Most Exciting New Player” in Bass Players 2008 Readers Choice Awards.