From the Bottom: The Bass Line That Started Disco Fever

In this episode, we’ll break down one of the most heard and underrated bassists in Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.

I’ll show you how he crafts seven bass lines in one song over just ONE chord and ONE drum beat. I’ll also talk about how important his gear change was in the 70s and how Stephen Stills is connected to this iconic Disco hit.

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. James Kilkenny

    This is revisionist history.