Anthony Jackson is an absolute master of the bass. Besides creating some of the most memorable bass lines ever, he has deeply explored harmony and timbre on the instrument.
Here’s a jaw-dropping performance of “Water Ways Flow Backward Again” with pianist Akiko Yano and drummer Cliff Almond from 1999 that proves the depth of his understanding. Yano and Jackson kick things off with a playful melody and arrangement before the bassist takes the stage over for a nearly six minute exploration of his contrabass. Check out how he performs bass, melody and accompaniment all at once through a complex set of chord changes, but more importantly, check out how he makes it music.