Larry Graham Bass Style

Last month, the night before Larry Graham was due to fly to Europe for festival dates, he got a call from one of his closest friends and neighbours in Minneapolis. It was Prince on the line. “He said ‘Let’s jam. Bring your bass.’”
Graham laughs at the memory of the latest private, small-hours session at Paisley Park Studios with his purple pal, with whom he has played on records and tours for many years. “That always happens. By the time it was over, we did need to go and get ready to catch the plane.”
They had been close since the 1990s, and it was Graham’s faith that converted Prince into a Jehovah’s Witness. “Uncle Prince,” as Larry’s grandchildren call him, is now a guest on Raise Up, the new album by his Graham Central Station, whose family line is part of the very genealogy of funk music.
“After we first met,” says Graham,“ Prince told me Graham Central Station was one of his biggest influences – then he went back and listened to Sly & the Family Stone.”
Larry formed GCS after helping to create the template of R&B-rock fusion as co-founder, singer and creator of the slap-bass style with Sly Stone’s groundbreaking alchemists in 1966.

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