Billy Cox

Billy Cox is a spectacularly soulful bassist who, to my ears, brought out the best in Mr. Hendrix as evidenced by Band of Gypsys (1970) along with numerous studio/live posthumous releases featuring drummers Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell.

As Jimi frequently utilized odd time signatures, and was given to multiple key modulations in a single composition – Cox possessed an amazing ear, impeccable dexterity – and an intuitive sense of where Hendrix was going. Unlike the star soloists whom fans and musical colleagues wished Hendrix would have collaborated with - Jimi’s ex-Army buddy and rhythm & blues ace was the perfect choice.