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Aston "family Man" Barrett

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Aston Francis Barrett (born November 22, 1946, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican bass player.

He was one of the Barrett brothers (the other being Carlton “Carlie” Barrett) who played with Bob Marley and The Wailers and Lee Perry’s The Upsetters.

It has been stated that Aston was the ‘leader’ of the backing band and responsible for many, if not all bass lines on Bob Marley’s greatest hits, as well as having been active in co-producing Marley’s albums and responsible for most overall song arrangements. He is an influential bassist, and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst many other famed bassists cite him as an influence. He was the mentor of famed reggae session bassist Robbie Shakespeare of the duo Sly & Robbie and is considered one of the elder statesmen of reggae bass guitar playing.

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  • devilsrancher

    Truly one of the greats of the instrument. Perfect deep tone, and dead-on accuracy. Pocket player of the first-degree.

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • gottalovett07

    such a badass. the phattest reggae basslines ever

    2 Jul 2008 Reply