Groove – Episode #51: Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip

The world of electric bass is filled with creative and iconic players. It also features some who are unique in different ways. Jimmy Haslip fits this bill. He started playing the bass in the early 1960s and has been playing (non-stop and progressively more) for close to fifty years. He is also a lefty who plays with a right-handed bass turned upside down.

In the late seventies, he met famed guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante. They recorded Robben’s first solo recording, The Inside Story, and Jimmy still works with Robben to this day. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets, and in 1980 they recorded their debut album. The Yellowjackets are still at it with over twenty albums, and this has garnered Jimmy two Grammys and close to twenty additional Grammy nominations.

Jimmy is busy well beyond the Yellowjackets. He’s also got a long list of production duties as a composer. He most recently released albums with multi-instrumentalist Cody Carpenter, keyboardist Scott Wilkie (with guitarist/vocalist Kleber Jorge and drummer Jeff Olson), Elemental (with keyboardist Otmaro Ruiz and drummer Jimmy Branly), and the ARC Trio (with keyboardist Scott Kinsey, and drummer Gergö Borlai). He’s also on the new Oz Noy album, Booga Looga Loo, which releases on March 15th.

He never stops and his story is incredible.

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