“When someone wants to rehearse before the session, that’s the kiss of death”: Watch Lee Sklar’s playthrough of Steve Lukather’s Stab in the Back

 Steve Lukather and Leland "Lee" Bruce Sklar of Toto perform at The Music Mill on July 16, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Somewhere, not long after Leo Fender’s invention of the electric bass guitar, a flowing beard, wire-rim spectacles, and a biting sense of humour became synonymous with the instrument. Those attributes belong to Leland Sklar, a bonafide bass icon and one of the most instantly recognisable figures in contemporary music. 

Wend your way through the vast archive of Sklar's back catalogue and you’ll find tracks that highlight various aspects of his well-honed playing style: a deep pocket, under-sung syncopation, and song-friendly sub-hooks. 

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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.