Robert "Kool" Bell

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He is the “Kool” in Kool in the Gang.

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For a half-century and counting, Robert “Kool” Bell has anchored one of funk’s founding and greatest recording and performing artists. Drawing from jazz and rhythm & blues, Bell ranks among the masters of his genre – plying definitive pocket grooves which master rhythm, space and melody rather than flashy technique.

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A finger and slap style player, Bell’s influence on bassists is incalculable – and he’s likely been sampled over a million times. Check out any Kool & the Gang track, and prepare yourself an education on funk bass.    

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