Bill Dickens

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Bill Dickens
Bill Dickens, 2014 NAMM Show.jpg
Bill Dickens at 2014 NAMM Show
Background information
Also known as The Buddha
Born 1958
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Soul, funk, fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger, educator, songwriter
Instruments Electric bass
Years active 1971-present
Website billthebuddhadickens.com

Bill "The Buddha" Dickens is an American electric bass guitar player.

Dickens has played with a huge range of artists, including Pat Metheny, George Michael, Joe Zawinul, Janet Jackson, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Freddie Hubbard, Al Di Meola, Dennis Chambers, Steve Morse, Randy Newman and The Hooters.[1][2]

From 1983 to 1999 participated in three recording sessions of Ramsey Lewis: Les Fleurs, A Classic Encounter and Urban Renewal[3]

He performed together with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Oteil Burbridge on the concert "The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World".[4]

Dickens usually performs using extended-range basses, (or "ERBs"), which are electric bass guitars with more range (usually meaning more strings, but sometimes additional frets are added for more range) than the "standard" 4-string bass guitar. Bill Dickens is best known for playing funk (especially speed funk).

Books[edit]

  • Bass Beyond Limits: Advanced Solo and Groove Concepts, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1998, ISBN 0-7692-6493-X
  • Funk Bass and Beyond, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2003, ISBN 0-7579-1689-9

Videos[edit]

  • The Bill Dickens Collection (DVD), Warner Bros. Publications, 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ MySpace official page
  2. ^ Bass Beyond Limits: Advanced Solo and Groove Concepts, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1998, ISBN 0-7692-6493-X
  3. ^ Bill Dickens allmusic.com
  4. ^ Bob Herguth (1988-10-12). "Ramsey Lewis". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 21. 

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