Tony Levin Uses:
Tony Levin is an American progressive rock musician, specializing in bass guitar, Chapman stick and upright bass (although he also sings and plays synthesizer).
Levin is best known for his work with progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. He has also been a member of Liquid Tension Experiment; the King Crimson-related bands Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, ProjeKct One and ProjeKct Four; and currently leads his own Tony Levin Band.
A prolific session musician since the 1970s, Levin has played on five hundred albums, including those of Cher, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Yes and Warren Zevon. Additionally, he has toured with artists including Paul Simon (with whom Tony appeared in Simon’s 1980 film One Trick Pony), Gary Burton, James Taylor, Herbie Mann, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Peter Gabriel, Tim Finn, Richie Sambora, and Claudio Baglioni.
Levin helped to popularize the Chapman Stick and the NS upright bass. He also created “funk fingers”, modified drumsticks attached to fingers used to hit the bass guitar strings (which sounds similar to slap style bass).