Contradictory as it sounds, Pino Palladino is possibly the most famous working session bassist. The 63-year-old Welshman is known for his glissando tone and melodic fills, and he has built a four-decade career as the ultimate supporting player: providing a Stravinsky-inspired fretless performance on Paul Young's 1983 U.K. number No. 1 Marvin Gaye cover "Wherever I Lay My Head," contributing to neo-soul landmarks Mama's Gun and Voodoo, joining The Who after the death of original bassist John Entwhistle in 2002, and much more.
Photograph by Mike Piscitelli Notes With Attachments began life as a solo album for session bassist Pino Palladino, but Blake Mills' contribution as producer and guitarist led to it rightly being billed as a duo record. There's clear creative chemistry between the two, characterized by volatility. When you're a virtuoso, like both of these players, music must feel maddeningly infinite.