Breaking Down the Top 5 Dennis Belfield Bass Lines

In this episode, I’m celebrating one of the greatest – yet unsung – bass players to ever do it: Dennis Belfield.

His diverse discography includes almost 300 recordings that include R&B (Rufus), jazz (Flora Purim), country (Kenny Rogers), rock (Rick Springfield), pop (Animotion), and much, much more!

I’m counting down my Belfield’s top 5 bass lines and breaking down his prolific resume and style.

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.

Connect with Paul on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and his website.

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  1. Ruben DLR

    Thank you to No Treble for introducing me to this channel. I have thoroughly enjoyed PDBass’s videos since I came across one them here a year or two ago. As usual this one really highlights an artist who has contributed much to the instrument and music in general. Great stuff.