Glide: Is This the Ultimate Slap Bass Line?

In this episode, I’m digging into one of the “Hall of Fame” bass grooves from the past 40 years: “Glide” by Pleasure (1979). We’ll get into why it’s so special, introduce you to the man who wrote it and played it (Nate Phillips), and share what he’s been up to since he recorded this iconic bass line over 40 years ago.

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. David Desmond

    Paul Thompson does excellent bass videos on YouTube. Thanks No Treble for sharing this.