From the Bottom: My Favorite Bass Line in 17/16

In this episode, we’re going to explore one of my favorite tracks from one of my favorite albums (that no one talks about). 1981’s Discipline by King Crimson features the great Tony Levin on bass. Let’s dig in on how to play in 17/16 with GROOVE!!

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.

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  1. Vaughn

    Like you, I have been a disciple of “Discipline” (pun intended) since I purchased it on vinyl at the time of its release. Every single track is a winner. I could not explain to myself what was happening to the meter – all that I knew was that it was fascinating and it worked. Thanks for breaking it down. You explanation now leaves me more impressed with this masterpiece