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Who played bass on Michael Jackson This is it Movie?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by murphy, May 7, 2017.


  1. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Canada
    Was just watching the movie...and that is some Badass bass playing...as always with MJ....
    (Forever my hero Louis Johnson RIP.)
    ..but who is that in the movie?
     
  2. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Alex Al.
     
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  3. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Canada
    Men in the Mirror: The Bassists of Michael Jackson How Alex Al And His Predecessors Pumped Up The King Of Pop

    There's a revealing exchange about five minutes into This Is It, the documentary about the late Michael Jackson’s planned world tour, in which the Gloved One is encouraging his keyboardist to play the answer riff to the penetrating bass line of “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” funkier. “It’s not there yet,” he says gently, before singing the entire two-measure groove flawlessly in the pocket, while playing air bass. Real bass seems to have always been at the forefront of Jackson’s music, whether it came from studio savants in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York, or his landmark use of synth bass that remains in vogue to this day. Alex Al, Jackson’s bassist since 2001 and a member of the seven-piece band featured in the film, concurs. “Bass was the most important instrument to him. He’d make references to Paul McCartney’s melodic playing with the Beatles, James Jamerson being upfront and center with Motown, or Stevie Wonder’s left hand.”
     
  4. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Canada
    They forgot to mention my all time hero , Louis Johnson...MJ and Quincy Jones signature sound on all the early albums

     
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