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The Bottom Line

Colin Hodgkinson

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Colin Hodgkinson's extraordinary talents on the bass guitar are still woefully underpublicized; his groundbreaking albums from the 1970s with Back Door, where the bass was played like a lead guitar (and was indeed the actual lead instrument), have always been difficult to find. On other albums with collaborators like Brian Auger and Spencer Davis, listeners have been teased with the occasional bass-only song. What a treat, then, to find a release that is in effect an entire album of bass solos. On songs like "32-20 Blues," "San Francisco Bay Blues," and "Sliding Delta" he chops his way through old blues numbers with nothing but a bass and his own voice, and the effect is startling. A few other songs, such as "Sons and Brothers and "All Blues," are played as a trio. But, as the title indicates, it all comes down to his righteous bass riffs. This is, quite simply, an album that every bass guitarist should own.

Biography

Born: 14 October 1945 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Eng

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Bassist/singer Colin Hodgkinson was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, on October 14, 1945. He began playing professionally in 1966, initially in a jazz-rock trio, then as a member of Eric Delaney's Showband. He briefly played in Alexis Korner's band New Church in 1969. He was the leader of the jazz-rock trio Back Door, which he formed in 1971 in Blakey, Yorkshire, England, with Ron Aspery (keyboards, saxophone) and Tony Hicks (drums; replaced by Adrian Tilbrook in 1975). The group was...
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  • $13.09
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: 1998

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