He’s the cat who laid the harmonic foundation whilst Marvin Lee Aday discovered Paradise by the Dashboard Light. On stage and in the recording studio, Kasim Sulton is among the most valued and versatile sidemen in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In addition to his work with the aforementioned crooner named for a dish of smoked or baked ground meat, Kasim’s exemplary, longstanding tenure as a vocalist and bassist with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, among other projects helmed by the wizard a true star, has included such seminal sides as Ra (1977), Adventures In Utopia (1980) wherein Mr. Sulton sang lead on the hit “Set Me Free,” and Swing to the Right (1982), to cite a few. You’ve also heard Kasim with Rick Derringer, as a member of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (Good Music, Up Your Alley, The Hit List, Light of Day Soundtrack), Patty Smyth, Patti Smith (Dream of Life), Hall & Oates, Mick Jagger, Richie Sambora, and Steve Hillage among others too numerous to list. An accomplished musical director, songwriter, arranger, and producer, Kasim’s latest solo album, his third, is aptly entitled 3 (2014).