Steve Washington: Aurra and Slave

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  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    I was using some of the gobs of hand sanitizer I have around the house to bring the strings, especially the E, back to life on my Geddy Lee. I decided to play along with Aurra, a great late Seventies/early Eighties Funk band. After listening, I said why play over such a great bassist? People sometimes confuse Steve Washington with Mark Adams, but they really do not play alike. Washington was much more of a slapper than Adams. I think the track above is still impressive even in the wake Wooten and Miller’s slap attacks.
     
  2. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Definitely underrated.
    Dig this cut with P-Funk and Vanessa Willaims
     
  3. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Garry Shider sanging his buns off!!!
     
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  4. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Of course, the smash off this album....
     
  5. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Rhythmically, this groove was a little tuff to cop at first.
     
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  6. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Man, what a year for music!
     
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I forgot all about this song!:smug:
     
  8. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Saved the best for last...Get it?
     
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Now this sounded more like Mark Adams, but I think Washington may be using a pick.
     
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  10. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Yes, it does sound like a pick. It could be Mark Adams. He used to do a lot of harmonics.
     
  11. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Miss that guy. He should have been a household name like Marcus Miller.
     
  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don’t think Mark Adams played on Aurra albums, but I have no inside information.
     
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  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Drugs will ruin even the best.
     
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  14. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    I was wondering... Sure sounded like him tho on the E string slides and harmonics. IDK if that is a Steve Washington thing. Not REAL familiar with him like Mark Adams. Who knows...
     
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  15. vdbass

    vdbass

    Oct 22, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Yup. Imagine how many icons would have been around longer and what music would have been created were it not for this scourge.

    Suppose Keith Richards would have succumbed like Brian Jones...
    The music that would never have been.
     
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  16. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Those grooves will hold up forever, just the perfect amount of slap for those songs.
     
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  17. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    UK
    Think Mark Adams was only on the first Aurra record, along with Buddy Hankerson.

    Otherwise it was Steve Washington and Raymond Jackson from Mtume.

    But yes Steve is great on the bass!
     
  18. Don't forget Civil Attack

     
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  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This is one I had not heard before. The slap part on this one has some definite Mark Adams influence.
     
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  20. I loooooove Steve!
     
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