From the Bottom: Breaking Down Anthony Jackson’s Bass Line on “Where’s Mumphrey”

In this episode, I dissect my favorite Anthony Jackson track and the musical game that ensues between the genius musicians of Eyewitness, featuring Steve Khan (guitar), Manolo Badrena (percussion), Steve Jordan (drums), and Jackson.

The focus is on the first track (“Where’s Mumphrey?”) from the group’s first album. We’ll dive into what makes it so special – harmonically and rhythmically – and how each musician plays a part.

I’ll also tell you where that interesting title comes from!

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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