If Louis Johnson isn’t a household name it’s none too surprising. How many bass players are? But his playing certainly is. He’s one half of the Brothers Johnson who had some hits back in the 1970s with their funky soul with jazz overtones – ‘Strawberry Letter 22’ and ‘Stomp’ maybe dropped onto your radar. But it is as a session player that Louis is best known, or at least the sound he creates with his slap-bass. Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, George Benson’s ‘Give Me The Night’ and Herb Alpert’s Rise’ are just three of his distinctive recordings.
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