“Don’t pick up your bass and act like you’re in Guitar Center” Legendary studio bassist Randy Jackson shares his session secrets

Randy Jackson perform onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Since snagging his first gigs with fusion masters Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty in the ‘70s, Randy Jackson has become one of the most successful session bassists in history, and one of the very few who has transitioned to the upper echelons of the music business. 

Besides working on over a thousand gold and multi-platinum albums for artists like Journey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Elton John, Jackson spent much of the ‘90s as a label executive at Columbia Records and at MCA, where he was instrumental in the careers of stars like Gladys Knight and Mariah Carey.

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