Bob Babbit has to be one of THE most under appreciated bass players in our record. Of course, a bunch of us know about the 1972 tune Scorpio. But, I recently came face to face with his sophisticated and powerful lines, while listening carefully to Joan Osborne’s rendition of Heat Wave. Give it a listen, and if possible use good phones so you can hear what he’s laying down. Sheer genius. And worth some study. Admittedly, it might not work so well without the bari sax taking the back beat shots. But, holy crap. Sophisticated, understated, creative. Power. Really a fantastic line, and certainly nothing I would have come up with. The guy was simply amazing. Kind of like Jamerson, in that you’re not too sure there’s much going on until you listen really carefully.