Lenny Kravitz: Straight Cold Player

Kravitz gets down and gets nasty on 'Blue Electric Light'

Lenny Kravitz: Straight Cold Player

Kravitz gets down and gets nasty on 'Blue Electric Light'

Photo by David Hindley

Dig, if you will, a flashback: As the over-the-top, heavily synthesized 1980s come to a close, a dreadlocked flower child straight out of the ’60s steps onto the music scene. Like Prince, he grooves and solos with equal intensity on nearly every instrument, a throwback to warmer, pre-MIDI times. He excels at balls-out rockers, tender ballads, and everything in-between, and on songs like “Let Love Rule” “Fear,” and “My Precious Love,” his bass playing is loud and proud, the perfect melodic counterpoint to his instantly vintage guitar parts and sincere message of love and peace. Thirty-five years later, Lenny Kravitz is still a bold dreamer and one-man rhythm section. Although he’s best known as a Grammy-winning, chart-topping singer, performer, and guitarist, Kravitz’s bass lines on songs like “Always on the Run” (Mama Said), “Thin Ice” (Circus), “Live” and “Fly Away” (5),  “Stillness of Heart” (Lenny), “Sistamamalover” (Baptism),
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E. E. Bradman   By: E. E. Bradman