Groove – Episode #56: Graham Maby

Graham Maby

Photo by Bob Adamek

He didn’t really get the chance to soak in Montreal. Graham Maby was busy clicking away at his keyboard. He’s trying to write his memoir. No easy feat. Since high school, he has been a friend and bass player to Joe Jackson. It’s closing in on 50 years (and has appeared on most of Jackson’s albums and tours – even when he worked with other musicians).

When not gigging with Joe Jackson, Maby toured with Natalie Merchant, Graham Parker, Darden Smith, and a few others. He joined They Might Be Giants for a brief stint as well. He’s a very compelling bass player. If you dig into Jackson’s biggest hits, the bass is central to the song (the way that Joe Jackson always intended it). Digging into his history of studio and touring work right before the Joe Jackson gig in Montreal was a real treat. I think you will agree.

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  1. Jim B

    Around 45 minutes in there is a conversation about how it is great when a band’s music ages as the band ages — they old men shouldn’t be clinging to the same style of music from their 20 year old selves. I agree — Crowded house from 2007 & 2010 were still smartly written, but were more mature and somber and reflective than their very poppy and upbeat earlier music. The music got gray in lockstep with Neil Finn.