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Wonder and Steely Dan bass lines

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Nathan Watts in a BP article said that about 70-80% of the bass lines of Stevie Wonder songs was originally composed by Wonder himself on keyboards.

    That makes me wonder if Fagan and Becker actually composed most of Steely Dan's epic bass lines such as those on "Peg," "Kid Charlemagne," etc. Given their ultra micro-management approach to recordings, it's hard to assume that they simply let session bassists come up with bass lines.

    Does anyone know?
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Here's some insight from the horse's mouth on Peg.

  3. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    This video talks about the line for Peg, as far as I remember they wrote some of it, and some of the slap sections were done on the sly, when noone was looking :)
    Interesting series of interviews btw, worth watching the rest too.

    beat me to it :)

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