A giant of the instrument, Paul Jackson’ tenure as the anchor of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Headhunters ensembles brought jazz fusion and funk to the masses, and continues to influence generations of bass players and hip-hop artists who have endlessly sampled his work.
A master of rhythm and space, Jackson’s “economic” approach is founded on repetitive lower-register motifs punctuated with tuneful upper-register fills which complimented Herbie’s melodies and the grooves forged by drummers Harvey Mason and Mike Clark.
With his patented flat-wound Fender Precision “bark” – Jackson proved that the funk gets a lot funkier with fewer notes!
Among Jackson’s seminal sides with Herbie include: Headhunters (1973), Thrust (1974), Flood (1975) and Man Child (1976).
A Grammy Award nominated composer, solo recording artist, and in-demand session player/collaborator with artists including Santana, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Al Di Meola, the Oakland Symphony, and the Pointer Sisters – to cite a very select few – Paul Jackson, who now resides in Japan, is also acclaimed educator, and founder of Jazz for Kids.