Jackie Jackson

Photo courtesy of TootsandtheMaytals.Org

Photo courtesy of TootsandtheMaytals.Org

He is the bass player you groove to on Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion.”

Undeniably giants of twentieth century recorded music, Toots & The Maytals, anchored by Jackie Jackson, may not enjoy the high-profile name recognition or commercial visibility of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, or Peter Tosh – yet they are just as influential and revered. In fact, Toots’ 1968 recording “Do The Reggay” is considered the first use of the term. Incorporating rhythm and blues into their ska and rocksteady roots The Maytals cut several classic sides. Upon hearing James Jamerson’s Motown magic, Jackson took up the electric and never looked back. Akin to his idol, Jackson is a master of rhythm, harmony and tone – and scores of bassists cite him as their mentor. In addition to his incomparable career with The Maytals, Jackson also cut sides with Herbie Mann, Garland Jeffreys, and Scratch Perry to cite a select few.

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