From the Bottom: Breaking Down the Work of Raymond Jackson

In this episode, I’m digging into one of the most iconic bass lines ever: “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G., aka “Juicy Fruit” by Mtume.

Find out who played it, who else he recorded with in the 1980s (including his top 5 bass lines), and why you should know his name.

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. Brenda Newsome

    My thoughts are Mr. Raymond Jackson aka Rajac is the baddest bass player ever and he is my big brother I love him to the heavens and back there is no one badder than him