“He’s the baddest bass player in the U.S.A!” proclaimed the late, great Donny Hathaway from the stage of the Bitter End in New York City. His extensive solo passage comprised of relatively simple motifs buoyed by an amazing array of rhythmic variations on “Voices Inside” from Donny’s iconic Live (1972) album remains a benchmark for bassists.
From the 1960s to the present day, Willie Weeks continues to set the bar as a session player and sideman.
With his command of rhythm and blues, country, jazz, and pop, Willie anchored the seminal recorded works of several artists including Stevie Wonder (“Misstra Know It All”), Rolling Stones (“It’s Only Rock n Roll), Chaka Kahn, Rickie Lee Jones, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Vince Gill, Ron Wood , Etta James, John Scofield, Aretha Franklin, Joe Walsh, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart, Gregg Allman, Randy Newman, David Bowie (Young Americans), and Richard Thompson, among scores of others.
A giant of the instrument, Willie Weeks is long overdue for recognition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.