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Intermediate Member
Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 122
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2012 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Shuffled through my 20+ years of BP mags to revisit whatever issue "leapt" out at me...grabbed Dec. '08, Anthony Jackson on the cover.

Jackson was asked of bassits he has come to admire. And, I quote....

"Another name that bears mention is Jimmy Johnson, who very early on took his chances and made an impact down low playing a 5 string---in additon to being one of the finest bass guitarists ever to play the instrument."

Class, are there any questions? I didn't think so. : ))
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 787
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 9:00 am:   Edit Post

Both Anthonay Jackson and Jimmy Johnson are top bassist that deserve broader reecognition.

Advanced Member
Username: jimmyj

Post Number: 395
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

Very kind of you chaps.

Anthony is a gentleman and one of my bass heroes, such an incredible and unique player. I remember being stunned by that comment in his interview! Such a nice guy to say that.

We both "went low" around the same time in the mid to late 70's but I give him the nod for being first with his 6-string "contra-bass guitar". And man, can he operate that thing! Great stuff.

Jimmy J
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1893
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post

. . . and even though AJ and the JJ have chops way past me, I have always admired that they play to the song. Wouldn't trade 'em for a hundred of these slap-happy machine gun cats that can't go one verse or even a turnaround without honkin' their horn and derailing a tune.
I've always said, what separates the men from the boys is knowing what to LEAVE OUT.

J o e y
Intermediate Member
Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 125
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

@ bigred.....very well said!

I'm amused when in a music store, or when someone asks, "Hey, man, can I see your bass?"
and the VERY FIRST thing they do is start to slap.

Oh, I know, it has it's place, but.....really?

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