Gospel/R&B session bassist talks on influence of Marcus Miller, John Patitucci and more
By David Sands
Known for his powerful groove and unique finger style, Grammy-winner Reggie Young has long been a go-to session bassist for the gospel, funk, and R&B scenes. Early in his career, he made an international name for himself cutting dozens of records for well-known gospel artists. Branching out, he’s gone on to work with well-known performers like Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Paul Shaffer, Stevie Wonder and Will.i.am. Young’s got a steady gig as well, serving as the bassist for the house band of the renowned Apollo Theater in New York City since 2011. Last year, he also had the distinction of having billboards of himself placed all over New York City as part of The New School NYC’s “The New Professor” music college marketing campaign.His latest solo album, Young Street, was released last year.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman had a chance to meet up with Young during a recent visit to Hollywood, California. Their conversation touches on Young’s musical influences, his Signature Fodera Imperial MG bass, the new album and more.
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Reggie Young’s latest album, Young Street, is available here:
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