Pino Palladino’s best basslines

Portrait of Welsh bassist Pino Palladino at the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, August 27, 1985.
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Quite possibly the world's most famous working session bassist, Pino Palladino has built a career as the ultimate supporting player: providing a Stravinsky-inspired fretless bass performance on Paul Young’s ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat,’ contributing to D’Angelo’s landmark album Voodoo, replacing the late John Entwistle in The Who, touring with the John Mayer Trio, and much more.

Pino has come to encapsulate everything that a sideman should be. “The sideman role just came out of me playing on records that people heard and liked,” says Pino. “It's not something I planned or even dreamt of.” 

Join us as we list the songs that prove he is a true bass genius. 

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.