Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby looks back at four decades of bass playing with the songwriting great

Graham Maby
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For over 40 years, Graham Maby has shaped the Joe Jackson songbook from the ground up—a remarkable fingerboard feat when you consider the range of Jackson’s musical imagination.

It also places Maby in the rare company of such one-band, five-decade bassists as Verdine White, Rocco Prestia, Gary Tallent, Cliff Williams, and Tom Hamilton.

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Chris Jisi was Contributing Editor, Senior Contributing Editor, and Editor In Chief on Bass Player 1989-2018. He is the author of Brave New Bass, a compilation of interviews with bass players like Marcus Miller, Flea, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Les Claypool and more, and The Fretless Bass, with insight from over 25 masters including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones.