Del got into Latin music, the precision was such a big part of it, that the bass became really important in order to keep the rhythm. The style that goes into Jazz and other music has been one of the greatest expressions of improvisations and creation in an art form, and requires so much skill. Making music out of the 12 bar blues. Through all the genres when it's time to make his own musical statement, jazz is Del's form of choice.
Playing with Jazz greats such as Gladys Knight, and Lou Rawls, Del Atkins had to be able to read music and that gave him an edge. They would go to the show sound check and play all in the same night, so the ability to read and interpret music was really necessary. He started as a sub, and then was able to become a regular on the set.
After many years of the computer artists and the computer revolution, now people seem to be coming back to real instruments,,, Del Atkins has even worked with Dr. Dre and Dj. Quick who are very interested in the sounds of real instruments. "The guys who love the music understand how real instruments effect people".