Study Me: The Greatest J-Pop Bass Line EVER

In this episode, I’m diving into my latest musical discovery – J-pop music – and one of its greatest bands, Zutomayo.

I’ll break down one of the most incredible bass lines I’ve heard recently from groove, to amazing fills, to the jaw-dropping bass solo 90 seconds in. Let’s check out “Study Me” and see just why it’s so amazing, and why Ryosuke Nikamoto is a name bass players all over the world should know!

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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