Abbey Road's "Other Bass Players"

Benson 0_opt.jpg  August 8, 1969: the Fabs traversed the now iconic zebra crossing in St. John’s Wood and thus begat a multitude of multi-genre variations!

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Such was the impact of Abbey Road that jazz master George Benson waxed his own CTI / Don Sebesky-ized version (The Other Side of… )with bassists Jerry Jemmott and Ron Carter; whilst Booker T & the M.G.’s rendered a southern soul Stax adaptation (McLemore Avenue / 1970) with Duck Dunn doing his thing.


To my ears, the winner here is Benson and his all-star cast including Freddie Hubbard, Mel Davis (Mel’s Place Baldwin, Long Island), Idris Muhammad, Ray Baretto, Hubert Laws, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and Sonny Fortune!

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