Rocco Prestia is the master of fingerstyle funk…bassist of the legendary funk band Tower of Power and one of the most important figures in electric bass history.
His characteristic sound, in combination with a highly inventive melodic approach to bass lines, make his playing unmistakeable.
And he does it with MJC Ironworks strings.
Quotes from the pros…
“It was the fall of ’68, he was playing the Filmore with his band Tower of Power. I had heard the buzz on him, but this was the first time I had ever seen the kid play. It was amazing, he soloed from the beginning to the end of every tune. Imagine, in those days a bass player driving the band. It was awesome! I left feeling rejuvenated as a musician. I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so I could get to a music store and trade in my Strat for a bass.”
Freddie Watson, Bassist
Soul Contenders, Toronto, Canada
“Part of my learning to play was actually listening to the radio and playing along with James Brown, The Beatles, Hendrix, and also horn bands like Chicago, Tower of Power and BS&T. When focusing on prominent parts, I was checking out Chuck Rainey, Verdine White and especially Rocco Prestia, whose lines I could only hope to figure out, and dream of someday being able to play.”
Nathan East, Bassist
Fourplay, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Madonna
“Forget it man. The guy has not only been a serious influence on most of today’s major league players, he actually founded the damn league. Going to see and hear Rocco Prestia play is like going back to school. He is the Master.”
John Patitucci, world renoun Bassist
Bass Collective, New York City