From the Bottom: The DAZZling Bass Line Behind “Let It Whip”

Revisiting one of the great R&B/funk groups of the 1980s – The Dazz Band and their iconic, Grammy-winning hit, “Let It Whip” from their 1981 album Keep It Live (Motown Records).

I’ll dig into the Jazz ties to this record, what makes this bass line SO good, and why Michael Wiley is a name you should know!

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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