Stevie Wonder / Hotter Than July

On the last truly great Steveland Hardaway Morris platter, his longtime bassist and current musical director Nathan Watts runs the stylistic gamut with his bandleader, traversing rhythm & blues, soul, funk (dig Nat’s slap break on “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It”), jazz (“All I Do”), reggae (“Master Blaster Jammin”) and permutations thereof. Watts’ bright tone cuts through Stevie’s usual barrage of synthesizers, all-star horns, and vocalists.