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Anthony Jackson (musician)

Anthony Jackson (June 23, 1952) is a bassist from New York City.

Anthony Jackson
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Jackson in 2007
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Claiborne Jackson
Born (1952-06-23) June 23, 1952 (age 67)
New York City
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, R&B, funk
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1970–present


Jackson touring the Netherlands with Al Di Meola in 1978

Jackson played piano before starting guitar in his teens.[1] When he turned to bass guitar, he was inspired by James Jamerson, a session player for Motown.[1] Jackson worked as a session musician, in the Billy Paul band, and with Philadelphia International Records.[1] His performance on "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays helped move the song to No. 9 on the pop chart and No. 3 on the R&B chart in 1974.[1]

Jackson said that the idea for adding more strings to the bass guitar came from his frustration with its limited range. When asked what he thought of criticism of the six-string bass, Jackson replied,

Why is four [strings] the standard and not six? As the lowest-pitched member of the guitar family, the instrument should have had six strings from the beginning. The only reason it had four was because Leo Fender was thinking in application terms of an upright bass, but he built it along guitar lines because that was his training. The logical conception for the bass guitar encompasses six strings.[2]

Jackson first approached various luthiers in 1974 about the construction of his idea, and Carl Thompson built the first six-string for Jackson in 1975. He later approached luthier Ken Smith of Ken Smith Basses to build him a six string bass before finally playing instruments made by New York-based bass makers, Fodera. Jackson has been playing the six string bass since 1981.[3]

Jackson is a student of Jerry Fisher, Lawrence Lucie, and Pat Martino. He has performed live in more than 30 countries and has recorded in more than 3000 sessions on more than 500 albums. [4]


As co-leaderEdit

As guestEdit

With Alex Bugnon

  • This Time Around (Epic, 1993)
  • Tales from the Bright Side (RCA, 1995)
  • As Promised (Narada, 2000)

With Michel Camilo

With Jorge Dalto

  • Rendez-Vous (Eastworld, 1983)
  • New York Nightline (Eastworld, 1984)
  • Listen Up! (Gaia 1988)

With Leslie Mándoki

  • People in Room No. 8 (PolyGram, 1997)
  • Soulmates (Paroli, 2002)
  • Out of Key...with the Time (Sony, 2002)
  • Legends of Rock (Paroli, 2005)
  • Aquarelle (NEO, 2009)
  • BudaBest (Sony, 2013)

With Al Di Meola

With Will Downing

  • A Dream Fulfilled (Island, 1991)
  • Love's the Place to Be (4th & Broadway 1993)
  • Moods (4th & Broadway 1995)
  • All the Man You Need (Motown 2000)
  • Christmas, Love and You (GRP, 2004)
  • Lust, Love & Lies (Peak 2010)
  • Silver (2013)

With Roberta Flack

With Carlos Franzetti

  • New York Toccata (Verve, 1985)
  • Tropic of Capricorn (Square Discs 1993)
  • Grafitti (Sonorama, 2007)

With Jun Fukamachi

  • Spiral Steps (Kitty, 1976)
  • The Sea of Dirac (Kitty, 1977)
  • Evening Star (Kitty, 1978)
  • Live (Alfa, 1978)
  • On the Move (Alfa, 1978)

With Eric Gale

  • Ginseng Woman (Columbia, 1977)
  • Multiplication (Columbia, 1977)
  • Part of You (Columbia, 1979)

With Terumasa Hino

  • City Connection (Flying Disk, 1979)
  • Daydream (Flying Disk, 1980)
  • Double Rainbow (CBS/Sony, 1981)

With Garland Jeffreys

With Chaka Khan

With Steve Khan

  • Eyewitness (Antilles, 1981)
  • Modern Times (Trio, 1982)
  • Casa Loco (Antilles, 1984)
  • Helping Hand (Polydor, 1987)
  • Public Access (GRP, 1990)
  • Headline (Polydor, 1992)
  • Crossings (PolyGram, 1994)
  • The Suitcase: Live in Koln '94 (ESC, 2008)
  • Parting Shot (ESC, 2011)

With Tania Maria

  • Made in New York (Manhattan, 1985)
  • The Lady from Brazil (Manhattan, 1986)
  • Bela Vista (World Pacific, 1990)
  • Europe (Pee Wee Music, 1997)

With Harvey Mason

  • Earthmover (Arista, 1976)
  • Funk in a Mason Jar (Arista, 1977)
  • Stone Mason (Alfa, 1982)

With Michel Petrucciani

  • Music (Blue Note, 1989)
  • Playground (Blue Note, 1991)
  • Both Worlds (Dreyfus, 1997)
  • Trio in Tokyo (Dreyfus, 1999)

With Buddy Rich

With Lee Ritenour

With Mike Stern

With Hiromi Uehara

With Grover Washington Jr.

  • A Secret Place (Kudu, 1976)
  • In Concert (Pioneer, 1982)
  • Inside Moves (Elektra, 1984)

With others


  1. ^ a b c d Hogan, Ed. "Anthony Jackson". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ Jisi, Chris (2003). Brave New Bass. Backbeat Books. p. 19. ISBN 0-87930-763-3.
  3. ^ "Anthony Jackson - Contrabass Conception" (PDF).
  4. ^ The liner notes from album "INTERSPIRIT" 2010, Abstract Logix, LBLX020

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