Lincoln Goines

Berklee prof gets into fusion, Latin music and bass essentials 

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
November 11, 2019

By David Sands

Berklee College of Music prof Lincoln Goines has led a thrilling career that includes many years playing in NYC jazz and Latin music circles. During this time, he’s played and recorded with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Gato Barbieri, Carly Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Samuels and Mike Stern. In addition to teaching and performing the electric and double bass, Goines is also a composer whose work has appeared on recordings with Dave Valentin and Kim Plainfield. Beyond that, he’s contributed to several instructional books like Funkifying the Clave: Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drum, which he co-authored with drummer Robby Ameen. Recently he’s played in several bands, including the Saninde, Le Baby Macho and the Franceschini/Goines/Ameen Trio.

After years of correspondence, FBPO’s Jon Liebman finally had a chance to sit down and talk with the Berklee professor during a recent meet-up in Boston. Their conversation touched on Goines’ musical influences, time spent playing in the NYC scene and his insights as a music instructor.

Watch our interview with Lincoln!


See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.

Comments on Lincoln Goines

  1. Keith Copeland says:

    I believe Michael Henderson played electric bass on Bitches Brew.

  2. Keith Copeland says:

    Sage advice by Lincoln regarding listening. I really enjoyed his work on Dave Valentin’s recordings and I was blessed to see Lincoln live with Dave Valentin! Fantastic player!

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