Anthony Jackson (musician)

Anthony Jackson ( born June 23, 1952 in New York City ) is an influential American electric bassist of jazz, pop and soul.


Anthony Jackson first learned to play the piano before he switched to guitar and finally came to the bass guitar. Guitar, he studied with Pat Martino. His influences include it, as he explained in an interview in Bass Player magazine in 1990, the famous Motown bassist James Jamerson, the Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady and the composer Olivier Messiaen ( for his use of the tritone interval).


As a 18- year-old he began in New York as a session musician and played in the band of Billy Paul. He became famous in 1973 by the ( co- ) composition and the bass playing for For the love of money, the hit of The O'Jays, when he worked for the record company of Gamble & Huff. Jackson has worked on numerous boards as a sideman, including Michel Camilo, Al Di Meola (Elegant Gypsy ), Donald Fagen ( The Nightfly ), Roberta Flack (Feel like making love), Chaka Khan, Steely Dan ( Gaucho ), Paul Simon (eg for The Concert in Central Park ). To date, he plays and played alongside jazz greats like Michel Petrucciani, Mike Stern, Chick Corea ( Leprechaun ), Pat Metheny, Till Bronner, Bireli Lagrene, Buddy Rich, Michal Urbaniak, Hiromi Uehara, and many more.


From 1981 he used the six-string bass he developed with six instead of the usual four strings. In addition to his main instruments he also plays organ.