Take a Closer Look Inside the Remarkable Playing of Anthony Jackson (VIDEOS)

A selection of videos encompassing the phenomenal playing of Anthony Jackson

Since 1970, Anthony Jackson has been paving the way for bass players from the moment he first hit the scene and turned heads with his unbelievable ability. After designing the first 6-string bass (first a Carl Thompson and eventually Foderas), Jackson found his full range and ever since, well, the rest is history. Take a look at his phenomenal playing with these live performances. 

This first clip shows the bass player holding it down with Hiromi Uehara's trio alongside Simon Phillips on drums:

In this footage, Jackson joins Michel Petrucciani and drummer Steve Gadd in 1998: 

This all-star cast features Harvey Mason on drums, Alex Acuña on percussion, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Patrics Rushen on piano and of course, Jackson on bass:


Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirit [Abstract Logix]

After 30 years of offers from producers (beginning with Quincy Jones in the late ’70s), Anthony Jackson has released what he is calling his solo debut. As expected from one of the bass guitar’s most original, uncompromising, dynamic voices, the scenario and the music are on Anthony’s terms, and the result is both instantly electrifying and demanding of repeated deeper listening. To set the stage, Jackson’s friend, Greek composer and bassist Yiorgos Fakanas, proposed a project in which he would compose modern chamber music for rhythm section, horn section, and string quintet, affording Anthony whatever roles he wanted. For Jackson, that meant playing the ultra-challenging melodies (all with a pick, and often doubled in octaves) as well as manning both written and improvised bass lines. All bass solos come courtesy of the fully capable Fakanas.