Jefferson Airplane / Takes Off

Though Surrealistic Pillow (1967), After Bathing at Baxter's (1967), and Bless It’s Pointed Little Head (1969) are exemplary showcases for the watershed bass artistry of Jack Casady, to my ears Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966) warrants equal praise . 

Jack's gritty tone, chromatic lines, his phrases on-and-off the beat, use of chords and counterpoint, and killer glissando passages, as evidenced on the late Paul Kantner's "Let Me In"  -recast the role of the bass at the very dawn of the folk rock movement.

And despite the fact that Grace Slick is revered as the voice of the Airplane, founding singer, the late Signe Toly Anderson, was a remarkable singer who helped establish the Sound of San Francisco, which, in turn, moved a generation.