Francis Rocco Prestia

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What is hip?

The bass mastery of the great Francis Rocco Prestia and Tower of Power, that’s what’s hip! The incomparable Tower of Power of Prestia wrote the book on funky pop rhythm & blues with an incredible string of 1970s releases including the essential Tower of Power (1973) and Back to Oakland (1974). Rocco augmented the language and scope of the electric bass with his patented melodic, staccato finger-style approach to the instrument – as rendered in TOP’s signature “What Is Hip” –which remains a rite of passage for all serious bassists.

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