Francis Rocco Prestia Biography
Francis Rocco Prestia was the first, and current, bass player in "Tower of Power," the famed Oakland-based horn band.
His "pulsing" sixteenth notes along with David Garibaldi's incredibly funky drumming style formed the rhythm section that drove the band's trademark funky groove underneath the horn section on all of their early 1970s albums. He is a master of finger-style funk.
Rocco's signature sound is produced largely by using a Left-Hand Muting technique whereby fingers 1 and 2 fret the chosen note while the other fingers of that hand rest lightly on the same string 'choking' its full sustain. This allows for a more vigorous Right-Hand plucking attack without 'losing control' of the string's resonance. The sound produced is fiercely drum-like and percussive - yet subtle and without distortion with the pitch remaining clear and accurate.
Rocco and his band, Tower Of Power, played several times with the Latin singer Luis Miguel, providing his songs with a powerful and funky sound they never had.