Robbie Shakespeare

To my ears, he is in the company of Jaco, Jamerson, Sir Paul, and his mentor Aston "Family Man" Barrett. The bass half of the iconic duo Sly & Robbie is among the most influential players ever on record, on stage, and in the studio.

A producer, composer, electronics-effects innovator, and master of rhythm and space, among other titles, Robbie Shakespeare and his partner Sly Dunbar, aka The Riddim Twins, extended the rhythms and culture of Jamaica worldwide by way of their watershed collaborations with artists spanning Bill Laswell, Bob Dylan, Peter Tosh, Grace Jones, Yellowman, Gilberto Gil, Mick Jagger, andSerge Gainsbourg, to cite a select few from thousands of records and session dates.