Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & The Gang)

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He is the “Kool” in Kool and the Gang.

For a half-century and counting, Robert “Kool” Bell has anchored one of funk’s most commercially and artistically successful recording and performing artists. Drawing from jazz and rhythm & blues, Bell ranks among the masters of his genre – plying definitive pocket grooves which master rhythm, space and melody rather than flashy technique.

A finger and slap style player, Bell’s influence on bassists is incalculable – and he’s likely been sampled over a million times. Check out any Kool & the Gang track, and prepare yourself an education on funk bass.

Dig Kool on “Get Down On It” https://youtu.be/qchPLaiKocI

Dig Tony Senatore’s take on Kool Bell’s most famous passage: “Jungle Boogie” https://youtu.be/g7WOnb-_Cno

Dig Tony Senatore rendering Kool’s bass passage on the band’s eponymous track: https://youtu.be/QZ9nvb8h_0I

Dig Tony Senatore’s “Hollywood Swingin’ https://youtu.be/DLTkuF4dF7w

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