Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

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9. Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis

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Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis is Kingston’s premier session bassist, laying down studio work for a massive number of artists in any given year. A founding member of the Firehouse Crew, he is at once the fresh kid on the block and the youngest veteran. His playing is unmistakeable: he creates exquisite natural compression and is equally adept at roots, dub, dancehall and funkier styles. His basslines have graced most of Sizzla’s premium catalog (Think “Taking Over”), plus Capleton’s “Ton Load” and Pressure Buss Pipe’s “Love and Affection,” to name a few standouts. Whatever riddim he touches, Bassie just rounds out the sharp corners with his sustain.

Recently, he’s been touring with Protoje, whose “Hail Rastafari” showcases his talent very prominently. We expect to see lots more great things from this master of his trade.

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