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Anthony Jackson (b. 1952) is quite simply a legendary figure in modern music. Although his first steps into music were with the piano and guitar he switched to the electric bass after hearing Motown bassist James Jamerson.

Having played on over 3000 recording sessions it is safe to say that Anthony Jackson is one of the most prolific recording artists ever, although in a career spanning four decades he declined offers to record a solo album until a meeting with Greek bassist/composer Yiorgos Fakanas who proposed they record as co-leaders. The result is Interspirit (Abstract Logix, 2010), an original-sounding fusion album with which brings together the best of Greek musiicans on strings, brass and top American musicians of the fusion genre.

Jackson has played with and recorded with some of the greatest names in modern music including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, Roberta Flack, Michel Petrucciani, Mike Stern, Quincy Jones, Pat Metheny, The O'Jays, Steely Dan and Wayne Krantz among many others.

The inventor of the six-string electric bass which he calls the contrabass guitar, Anthony Jackson has left an enormously influential mark on popular music and influenced countless electric bass guitarists.


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Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits

Read "Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It may come as a surprise to anyone wading through bass guitar giant Anthony Jackson's discography, which mind bogglingly totals over three thousand recordings, that he has never recorded a solo album. The legendary bassist--who has played with an astonishing variety of artists of the caliber of Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, the O'Jays, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, Michel Petrucciani, Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan and Wayne Krantz to name but a small number--has simply never ...

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Anthony Jackson / Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirit

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Although receiving billing as Anthony Jackson's first solo CD in a career spanning four decades, this is really a tale of two bassists. Greek bassist/composer Yiorgos Fakanas wrote all the music on Interspirit and takes all five bass solos. The music, however, was composed with the formidably talented Jackson in mind, and his legions of admirers will be delighted by his improvised and composed bass lines. His playing demands close listening behind the multi-instrument orchestration, plying fusion and funk with ...

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Anthony Jackson / Yiorgos Fanakas: Interspirit

Read "Interspirit" reviewed by John Kelman


He's performed with a seemingly countless array of artists--from Roberta Flack and Steely Dan to Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Steve Khan--but electric contrabassist Anthony Jackson, now approaching 60, is that rare consummate sideman who has never released an album as a leader/co-leader. Until now. Interspirit teams the inveterate bassist with Greek bassist Yiorgos Fakanas for an ambitious album of high power fusion and funk that may be bass heavy, but never loses sight of the larger musical perspective.

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Electric Chick...

Verve Records
2023

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Cosmopolitan Life

Ole Records, Pier 5
2015

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Parting Shot

Tone Center
2011

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Interspirit

Abstract Logix
2010

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Verve Records
2007

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