Wilbur “Bad” Bascomb has played some of the tuffest basslines in the history of music–a fact well-known to the cratediggers who will pick up a vinyl piece on the strength of his name being listed amongst the personnel alone. The instrumental specialists of Revivalist recognized his legacy with this specially-curated Bascomb mixtape, selecting crucial tracks from his body of work, which comprises collaborations with everyone from Chuck Berry to Roy Ayers, Jeff Beck to James Brown, B.B. King to Galt MacDermot. It was doubtless his work with the latter which prompted Gasface–makers of the recent Lookin4Galt documentary–to sit down with Mr. Bascomb for an extended interview they’ve titled “Synthetic Substitution” after the immortal drum break of the same name. Watch that at bottom, then read on and hit the link below to stream the mixtape over at Revivalist:
Wilbur “Bad” Bascomb left his mark during ’70s in what can be described as a career conglomeration of jazz, funk, and soul. Bascomb is known for laying down thick lines for everyone from Lou Donaldson and Roy Ayers to Chuck Berry and Jeff Beck. Gasface’s “Talkin’ All That Jazz” recently caught up with “Bad” for a discussion on how electronic music would change the game for musicians.
In Gasface’s Synthetic Substitution, Wilbur Bascomb discusses meeting Duke Ellington, working with Roy Ayers, living with legends like Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins and more in his neighborhood, as well as how electronic music changed the scene of musicians Bascomb came up with: