Kenny Aaronson

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The Musical Excellence category in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is woefully deficient until Kenny Aaronson is enshrined. 

Cited as Bassist of the Year in 1988 by Rolling Stone, to my ears, Kenny is the among most versatile and resourceful players in the history of the art-form. His career spans scores of seminal sides and concert performances, including Ronnie Spector, Billy Idol, The Stories with Ian Lloyd, Dana Fuchs, Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Graham Parker, Hall & Oates, New York Dolls, and Billy Squire to cite a very, very, very select few.

My favorites from Kenny’s canon include two albums which did not garner the attention they so richly deserved: Brian Setzer’s The Knife Feels Like Justice (1986), and Rick Derringer’s Derringer (1976). 

Kenny enhances every passage from verse to chorus to bridge yet never overplays nor does disservice to the singer, song, or soloist. His harmonic prowess, command of rhythm and space is flawless.

And his deep, resonant tone is always ideal for the composition and the artist – and his stage appearance exudes “cool.” If you had to pick one player who exemplifies rock 'n' roll bass - Kenny Aaronson is the cat!   


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