A tribute to Louis Johnson

While at Berklee one of my favorite classes was a slap bass lab taught by Anthony Vitti. In the first couple of weeks of the class we focused on a bass player who I hadn’t heard of before but I was blown away by his style and groove. That bass player was Louis Johnson and I have been obsessed with his slap playing ever since. He started out in the 1970’s with his own band called The Brothers Johnson and went on to play on some of the most influential records of the 1980’s including Michael Jacksons “Thriller”.

 

Anyway, he passed away last week and it got me listening to and playing some of his licks. So here is a quick snippet of the intro and verse of “Ain’t we funkin now”. Enjoy!

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