Influences

BASS PLAYERS/ INFLUENCES


MARK KING



As bassist with Level 42, Mark King influenced a generation of bass players in the 1980‚s. A mainly fast, frantic, rhythmic style, he captivated audiences worldwide with his unique style of playing. Although a great finger-style player which is often overlooked, he rightly gained recognition as one of, if not the best slap style players in the world.


Recommended Listening:


Ø Level 42 - The Early Tapes

Ø Level 42 - Standing in the Light

Ø Level 42 - True Colours

Ø Level 42 ˆ A Physical Presence „Live‰



Gear:

Ø Jaydee Supernatural Series 1

Ø Status Headless

Ø Alembic Mark King signature

Ø Trace Elliot Amps

Ø Ashdown King Combo




LOUIS JOHNSON



Bassist with monster 70s funk band The brothers Johnson , he layed down some of the great funk grooves played on a musicman stingray bass, a very aggresive player he also played for numerous artists of the day, one of the most influential bassists in history



RICK JAMES



Rick james, The king of Funk as he was known, a multi instrumentalist , writer & performer.,Rick layed down some of the great bass grooves which are widely sampled to this day, a great talent, very sorely missed.


BERNARD EDWARDS



Bassist with 70‚s disco band Chic, Bernard Edwards and co Chic founder Nile Rodgers formed one of the great rhythm sections. A predominantly finger style player his playing was smooth and effortless, a true master of groove bass playing. A great example of this is the Chic classic Good Times. A great bass player sadly missed.



Recommended Listening:


Ø Chic ˆ C‚est Chic

Ø Chic ˆ Chic-ism

Ø Chic ˆ Risqué



Gear:



Ø 1977 Musicman Stingray

Ø Fender Jazz Bass

Ø Ampeg Amps and Cabinets


LEON SYLVERS



A multi talented songwriter & producer sylvers wrote & produced for numerous artists including Shalamar, The Whispers, Stacy Lattisaw & Evelyn King, he is famous for his 2 bar soul- funk basslines, a master bass player who is a big influence on my playing.