Tommy Cogbill - damn!

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  1. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Been on bit of a spending spree with nice pricey remastered vinyl of my faves. Just got the 1/2 speed Abbey Road remastering of Dusty Springfield/Dusty in Memphis.
    Cogbill is so good it's ridiculous. So groovy and deep, super melodic, and the epitome of the "Fender Bass" sound. Damn tasty and highly recommended.
     
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  2. Gene Machine

    Gene Machine

    Mar 19, 2003
    Aretha Franklin Lady Soul is also fantastic if you haven’t heard it.
     
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  4. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    He also played on Suspicious Minds, one of my favorite bass parts to play.
     
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  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    If you’re referring to the Elvis version, that was Mike Leech:
    Services Set For Recording Session Great Mike Leech - MusicRow.com
    I’ve seen a listing for both, but perhaps Cogbill was on the original by Mark James(who composed it).
     
  6. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
  7. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    oh yeah, I say Tommy Cogbill to some of my musician friends, and they are like, "who the heck is that?" but once you turn them on to it, it's a game changer. man had some soul.
     
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  8. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Leach is just listed on conga for Land Of Make Believe in the liner notes.
     
  9. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    Leech played on "Sweet Caroline", from what I remember.
    OK... back to Tommy Cogbill!
     
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  10. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Cogbill did play guitar as well - isn't he on some 70's Elvis stuff on the geetar?
     
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  11. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    His playing on some of the Dusty in Memphis stuff is actually kinda...busy. Lots of movement, really interesting arrangements to his parts. But not a single gratuitous note. So good.
     

  12. Cogbill produced that coincidentally.
     
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  13. He was a busy player but he was so good he got away with it and for me anyway, actually improved a lot of stuff he played on.
     
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  14. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    His bass parts really help "tell the story", which is something you certainly don't hear a lot of these days!
     
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  15. I'm happy to see a thread about Cogbill, you don't hear many players discuss him, he died young, 39 years ago. He's one of those guys that I loved when I was a kid and never knew who he was kind of like Jamerson, I actually like Cogbill better, liked his sound better.
     
  16. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I'm with you, I also prefer his playing to Jamerson, Babbit, etc--of course they're all awesome, but Cogbill has this way he orchestrates his parts that is unique to him, and pretty adventurous. And to me, his sound on Dusty in Memphis is how a bass is "supposed" to sound!
     
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  17. I never thought of Babbitt as being a top echelon player, I thought of him as kind of a fill in for Jamerson, until I realized this was Babbitt.

     
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  18. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Indiana
    Good read on Wikipedia. Credited with many tunes I had no idea he played on, especially the Aretha tunes Respect and Think.

    Tommy Cogbill - Wikipedia
     
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  19. bass4more

    bass4more Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Oakland, CA
    There is a great Cogbill playlist on Spotify that I like to turn people on to. The first response is always "Who's Tommy Cogbill?" and they the listen to the playlist and are like "Damn, I've known this dude my whole life!"
     
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  20. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Nice! Gonna check that out! I found a Klaus Voormann one the other day. Nice to see people digging deep into this stuff.
     
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