An Appreciation of Wilton Felder and “I Want You Back”

Earlier this year the music world lost Wilton Felder.  Most people familiar with Felder know him as a brilliant saxophone player and founding member of the jazz / funk / soul super group The Crusaders.

What many people don’t know is that in the early 1970s Felder was also a first-call studio bass player and is responsible for laying down one the greatest bass lines in pop music history.

Here for your enjoyment is Felder’s isolated bass line to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”  I’ve studied and played this line countless times and marvel at Felder’s tone, clarity, and rock-solid groove. This is as good as it gets.

 

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