RIP: Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, Parliament/Funkadelic bassist

RIP: Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, Parliament/Funkadelic bassist

From The Star-Ledger:

Cordell “Boogie” Mosson (born Cardell Mosson), a Plainfield musician whose rubbery bass guitar gave the classic albums by Parliament and Funkadelic much of their buoyant, elastic, bouncing-off-of-the-walls character, died on Thursday at 60. No cause of death was announced.

Mosson also played drums and electric rhythm guitar — and, like most everybody else in the P-Funk empire, he added his voice to the group’s joyous group choruses. He contributed to almost all of the great mid-’70s Parliament-Funkadelic classic concept sets, including “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Mothership Connection,” and “The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein.”

The bassist was, by the outrageous standards of P-Funk, a tempered spirit. Unlike many of his fellow believers in the expressive power of the funk, he often chose not to be flashy; his playing sounded like a deep, happy, comfortable chuckle. But Mosson was a virtuoso of feel, a tasteful and thoughtful player (even when dressed as an intergalactic angel) and a gleeful contributor to the trancelike grooves that P-Funk always generated. His thick bottom end was the trampoline that his fellow funk musicians leapt upon.

• Cordell “Boogie” Mosson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordell_Mosson

[Photo: David Schwartz]

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