Wilbur Bascomb

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Wilbur Lawton Bascomb, Jr.
Born (1934-01-24)January 24, 1934
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Funk, jazz, jazz fusion, jazz-funk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass
Associated acts Jeff Beck, James Brown

Wilbur "Bad" Bascomb is an American bassist who has played on numerous jazz and funk recordings. Born in Washington Heights, New York, he is the son of Jazz trumpet player Wilbur "Dud" Bascomb, who was member of the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, and later played with Duke Ellington for a short time.[1]

He has recorded with Galt McDermot, Jeff Beck, James Brown and B.B. King. Known for his performance on Jeff Beck's Wired album and the soundtrack for the 1979 film version of Hair,[2] he co-wrote "Head For Backstage Pass", a riff-based jam featured on Wired, in which he plays an extensive bass solo in the introduction.

His song "Black Grass" from his Black grass music album was also included in the influential breakbeat compilation Ultimate Breaks and Beats.


With Andy Bey

With Rusty Bryant

With Grace Jones

With George Benson

With Jeff Beck

With Chuck Berry

With Bo Diddley

With Andy Bey

With Lou Donaldson

With Jack McDuff

With Blue Mitchell

With Alphonse Mouzon

With Idris Muhammad

With Houston Person

With Buddy Terry


  1. ^ The trumpet kings, Scott Yanow.
  2. ^ http://www.bassplayer.com/article/ask-bp-who/nov-07/32501