- Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder: Stevie's got this ability to give us that big band sound with his incredible vocal range and the horns and bass lines by Nathan Watts mimicking each other. Stevie is the Mozart of our time.
- The Payback – James Brown: It’s all about the groove - the bass plays two notes during the verse and the way he lets the song breath while the drummer just lays in the pocket with the guitar counter rhythms on the two and the four - that is what James gave us, true funk. You can’t help but feel it when you hear it. Too Funky!!!!!
- Papa was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations: The Funk Brothers, James Jamerson bass line is so simple and effective that anytime it’s played people young and old know it - along with the drummer laying that hi hat rhythm just opens the groove up for some Dennis Coffey “wah wah man” with the two and four hand clap. They are giving you some good old praise felt rhythms and taking you to church and you don't even know it. You are too busy singing that catchy melody.
- Bootsy's Rubber Band – Bootsy Collins: Always attacking on the one of the beat with his bass grooves and the horns hits on the one and drummer just pushing the envelope. All on the one!!! I also love how he mastered the envelope filter, giving us that “wah” affect on his bass guitar. So with a combination of bass lines, horn lines, rhythm guitar lines, back ground singers, and counter rhythms with his lead vocal while all the whole time nobody is getting in the way of the other players. One word – INCREDIBLE!
- The Jam – Larry Graham: What can we say; Larry is the “king of thump and pluck”, in his own words. I have personally first-hand experienced it. Larry is the Jimi Hendrix on the bass guitar in our time! His bass effects are incredible. I have never heard anybody play the bass with such a rock, funk and forceful feel as Larry and he has complete control. I also love his baritone voice. Need I say more?
- Dream On – Aerosmith: What I love about Aerosmith is even though they are consider rock they are too funky. I love Toys In The Attic and remembered when it first came out. I played the record and fell in love with it because it reminded me so much of the other influences I just mentioned. If you ever wonder why Sweet Emotion grabs you, it’s rock meets funk. It’s because of that funky groove - think about it!!!