From the Bottom: Wilton Felder – The Greatest Bass Doubler (You Probably Don’t Know)
What if I told you that one of the great jazz saxophonists in the 1970s just so happened to be one of the most notable and in-demand bassists of the 1970s?!
In this episode, I trace the double-life of the late, great Wilton Felder, how he started playing bass, how he broke into the L.A. recording scene, and digging into five of my favorite recorded bass lines to identify his ubiquitous style on the instrument.
Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.