From The Bottom: Digging Into the Bass Line on “Groove Is In the Heart”

In this episode, I’m digging into the 1990’s #1 Billboard Dance hit “Groove Is In the Heart” by Deee-Lite (with Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip) and one of the most recognizable bass lines from the last 35 years.

What makes it so memorable? How do you play it?

If Bootsy didn’t play it, WHO DID? What were the main samples behind this hit song?

I’ll answer all of these questions and much more!

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. Ruben DLR

    I’m really loving PDBass’s videos of late. Great stuff. Keep it up.