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Artist’s Choice: Reggie Washington on Low-End Exposure

The bassist selects the music that he calls his "bass of life"

Reggie Washington

There was a period in which I was a sponge, absorbing a lot of music and formulating in my own head whether I really wanted to be a bass player. I was encountering all kinds of stuff: Afro-Cuban and straight-ahead jazz, of course, and then the funk music that was coming out at the time, which I was listening to with my homies. Most of these tracks were instrumental in my development back then, and some of them have continued to influence me in my latter-day career. I think of them as “the bass of my life.”

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Reggie Washington

Reggie Washington has played acoustic and electric bass with a wide variety of artists over the past three decades, including Chico Hamilton, Steve Coleman, Branford Marsalis, and Cassandra Wilson. He is also the brother of drummer Kenny Washington. Since 2005, he has recorded five albums as a leader for the Jammin’ Colors label; Vintage New Acoustic (2018) is the most recent.