Geoff Scovil is a trial attorney who represents people accused of a variety of criminal charges in Albuquerque and throughout the state of New Mexico. A jazz enthusiast, Geoffrey Scovil has always wanted to learn to play bass guitar, which has been integral in the evolution of a number of classic American genres, including the blues and funk.
Teamed with syncopated percussion, the electric bass has been particularly important in the latter genre, which arose in the mid-1960s from a stew of soul music, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. With one of the snare drum strokes displaced on the second and fourth beats of the funk rhythm, the bass was essential in nailing down the beat and providing the genre’s characteristic hip-shaking propulsion.
Among the early pioneers of this sound were Motown session artists Bob Babbitt and James Jamerson, as well as James Brown’s expansive roster of bass players, including William “Bootsy” Collins and Bernard Odum. Completing the late-1960s evolution of the sound was Larry Graham, who single-handedly invented a slap-and-pop technique. This brought the instrument to the forefront of the group funk sound and paved the way for jazz fusion innovators such as Jaco Pastorius and funk rock masters such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.