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Rocco Prestia

A living legend of the groove and one of the most inimitable bass stylists, Rocco has spent five decades defining fingerstyle funk via muted and ghosted 16th-notes as a member of Oakland’s iconic Tower Of Power. Credit drummer Dave Garibaldi for inspiring Prestia’s bass lines on such anthems as “What Is Hip?”, “Soul Vaccination,” “You’ve Got to Funkifize” “Oakland Stroke,” and “Credit.” But as ’90s TOP drummer Herman Matthews told BP, “Without Rocco, Tower is just another horn band.”