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Stanley Banks

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassdog, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    This guy played on a bunch of George Benson stuff. I just love his tone on This Masquerade and Breezin', among others. Anybody know what bass he plays and strings he uses. I have done a little looking around the net and see him play J bass alot.

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  2. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    While Stanley Banks was indeed a member of Benson's band and is credited on the Breezin' album, I'm 99.9% certain that the bass on the title track "Breezin' " was played by Phil Upchurch.
  3. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    "I'm 99.9% certain that the bass on the title track "Breezin' " was played by Phil Upchurch."

    Well then I really dig his tone and playing.

  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Breezin' was Upchurch.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Six To Four"...a very cool tune...Upchurch, also.

    Check out "Full Compass" from Bad Benson. Upchurch on EB...another cool tune that serves as a bass etude.

    Both written by Upchurch.

    Bass Player (a few years ago) did an article/feature on Stanley Banks.
  6. downtownwillie

    downtownwillie Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Sanford MI
    Agreeded Phil played bass on the studio version, however, I'm sure there are plenty of examples of the great Stanley Banks playing that song on live dates. So, I love Phil and Stanley's tone on both versions.
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  7. Lubertha


    Apr 28, 2014
    Stanley recorded on the Breezin album also.............He has been on tour with George for over 40 yrs. And has never missed a gig!! They are still going strong....
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  8. Reviving this thread for an under appreciated bassist. Check out this performance from 1988:
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Hit up TB member pyrohr. He knows him personally. He may know or can ask him.
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I just hit pyrohr up and he said
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  11. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    yeah i love his stuff with george benson. great bass player. cool to know he's a fender jazz guy :)

    george benson's autobiography is out and is a fantastic read, mentions stanley a couple times and what a great bassist he is and loyal too (been with him since the 70's). highly recommend the book.
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  12. Glazenn


    May 16, 2011
    Digging up this one. Fantastic bass player.
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