Inspired to help end the worldwide clean water crisis by The Generosity Water Project, two L.A. session aces—keyboardist Jeff Babko and bassist Dan Lutz—compiled and co-produced this collection of reinvented, water-focused covers, with net profits going to build wells for the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack clean drinking water. Lutz himself takes the bass chair for six tunes, driving Latinflavored pop (with Sheila E. on percussion) on electric and a haunting version of Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water” on upright with equal aplomb. Other bassists representing L.A.’s A-list session scene include Nathan East, who brings a tight funk to Sting’s “Love Is the Seventh Wave” and a gospel/fusion goodness to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”; and Abe Laboriel (with son Abe Jr. on drums), who cranks up Antonio Carlos Jobim’s funkified bossa “Agua de Beber” to the boiling point … and then helps the band throw the pot right off the stove on a searing version of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross”—with Steve Lukather on lead guitar and vocals! Changing the world isn’t a prerequisite to enjoying all this killer music, but it’s nice knowing your purchase is doing it anyway.
Bootsy Collins (Lifetime Award Recipient) Alphonso Johnson (Lifetime Award Recipient) Alex Al - Detroit-native Alex Al has been one of the busiest L.A. session bassists of the new century, tracking with everyone from Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Sting and Paul Simon to Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Christina