Tony Visconti

Few artists can match the sound and vision of producer, bassist, composer, arranger Anthony Edward Visconti. Mr. Visconti’s groundbreaking work with David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Moody Blues, Alejandro Escovedo, Sir Paul & Wings, Mary Hopkin, and Sparks among scores of others, continues to define that which makes great, everlasting rock ‘n’ roll records.

On par to George Martin, Brian Eno, Sam Phillips, Jerry Wexler, and Phil Spector, to cite a select few, Tony resides in that rarified pantheon of iconic, influential, and pioneering practitioners of a profession that rarely garners significant notice.

Tony is also an exemplary bassist as evidenced by his performance on one of the most under-appreciated, oft overlooked releases from a major artist: David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World (1970)  Visconti waxed benchmark bass performances on David’s seminal sonic slab - commandeering a clunky Gibson EB-3 and counsel from Mick Ronson to emulate Jack Bruce! As such Tony emerged as a flexible harmonic anchor and clever melodic foil to the artist, exuding a remarkable grasp of rhythm, space, and tone. To m y ears, Tony’s metal Motown mayhem on “The Width of a Circle” is the stuff of bass legend.

Tony's autobiographical tome: Bowie, Bolan, and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins 2008) is essential rock reading.