Breaking Down “Summer Madness” by Kool & the Gang

In this episode, we’ll break down Kool & the Gang’s iconic “Summer Madness” groove from 1974, including Robert “Kool” Bell’s “magic” bass note, and find out what exactly is going on during those solos!

“Summer Madness” is one of the most iconic tracks from the last 50 years. This is one of the most sampled songs in history (including lifts by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Snoop Dog, Nas, Slum Village, 2Pac, and even Kid Rock).

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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