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Bernard Edwards

Edwards is a master of taste. A player with great technical ability, he exercises restraint and control in the most musical way—creating a part and letting it guide the song. His lines are simple enough that you can sing along to them, yet they seem fresh over and over again due to the subtle tension they create. In many ways, he defined what we consider a “bass groove”—a hook that doesn’t need elaboration to be interesting, and in fact, is more effective when executed correctly over and over again. While Edwards certainly has the musical and technical ability to elaborate, as demonstrated in some of his solo material and in the precision with which he plays, neither the groove nor the sonic density of the song is ever compromised.