KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER - Graham Maby "Yeah, I could be a bass player!"

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tom Semioli, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Tom Semioli

    Tom Semioli

    Dec 24, 2017
    New York City

    One of rock music's most distinctive and instantly recognizable players, Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band, Graham Parker, Marshall Crenshaw, Freedy Johnson, Garland Jeffreys, Darden Smith, Ian Hunter, Regina Spektor, They Might Be Giants, Natalie Merchant) fondly recalls his early days in Gosport, Hampshire England; the impact of The Beatles, and the day he became a bass player. Tom Semioli: Interviewer / Writer. Mark Preston: Producer. Jacques Hanlon, Derek Hanlon: Cinematographer.
  2. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    Very cool,thanks! I’m only familiar with his JJ repertoire which is iconic imo, I’ll have to poke around for his other work.
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  3. Graham is indeed a great bass player I have seen him several times with Joe and also with Marshall Crenshaw and have some of the other records he contributed to. Joe Jackson's book 'the Cure for Gravity' is an excellent read and gives a lot of backstory for Graham and a few other musicians. It explains the closeness between the two of them bordering on intimacy that some might find off putting or confusing.
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  4. bassfiddlesteve

    bassfiddlesteve Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    It’s interesting to me that he’s lived in the US so long that his British accent is nearly gone.

    - Steve
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Graham Maby is one of my favorite bassists ever. Joe Jackson was really smart to build his music around him. Some say he overplayed, but he overplayed brilliantly.
  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses

    Ya saved me some typing :).
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  7. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    'I'm the Man' -- the rest of the band is underplaying.

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