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Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by MindMachine » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:42 pm

No specific order:

Felix Pappalardi : Mountain, etc.
Tony Visconti: Bowie, etc.
Paul McCartney
Ralph Armstrong: Jean Luc Ponty, etc.
Gary Thain: Keef Hartley & Uriah Heep
Percy Jones: Eno, Brand X, etc.
Chris Squire: Yes
Geddy Lee: Rush
Mark Andes: Spirit, etc.
Bob Daisley: Rainbow, Ozzy, etc.
Steve York: Manfred Mann III, etc.
Tony Levin: King Crimson II, etc.
Chuck Dukowski: Black Flag, Wurm, SWA


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Post by johny_gtr » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:24 am

John Paul Jones (LZ), Flea (RHCP, AfP), Thundercat, Juan Alderete (Mars Volta), Chris Wolstrnholme (Muse)
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Post by Hyberus » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:28 am

Even though I dislike pretty much everything Magma ever made: Jannick Top . . .


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Post by Fog Door » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:22 am

I thought it was some kind of law that Jaco Pastorius has to be top of the bassist list ;)

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Post by Dilibob » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:56 am

Fog Door wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:22 am
I thought it was some kind of law that Jaco Pastorius has to be top of the bassist list ;)
If it's not, it should be. I do thing Jaco doesnt fit in any standard category.

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Post by onthebandwagon » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:52 am

Jah Wobble

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Post by levelhead3 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:49 am

onthebandwagon wrote:
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Jah Wobble
+1 for Jah Wobble. 'Gone to Croatia' is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Marcus Miller
Steve Harris
Bill Laswell (notable for so much more but his bass playing is remarkable)
Jonas Hellborg

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Post by jeremisssx » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:44 pm

+1 for Jah Wobble ! Especially during his PIL period

Lemmy (Hawkwind era)
Holger Czukay (Can)
Dave Alexander (Stooges)

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Post by nostalghia » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:45 pm

Some well known guys not mentioned yet (just because they are popular choices or seem obvious doesn't reduce their standing as topnotch bassists):

John Entwistle
Les Claypool
Jack Bruce
John Wetton
Victor Wooten
Stanley Clarke
Bootsy Collins
Larry Graham
Stu Hamm
Billy Sheehan
Jeff Berlin

"Behind the scenes" players on a million sessions (you know the songs but maybe not the bassist on it):
Carol Kaye
James Jamerson

Maybe not "virtuoso" musicians but worthy of mention due to their distinctive style and as early pioneers of a new genre:
Geezer Butler
Peter Hook
Mike Watt

And finally, when Jeff Beck picks you for his band, that speaks volumes (she's also recorded on projects with Prince, Clapton, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Todd Rundgren, Dave Gilmour, Brian Wilson, Hans Zimmer, etc):
Tal Wilkenfeld
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Post by eewee » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:46 pm

Doug Wimbish, which I know primarily from Living Colour. Listen to ‘Stain’, and try to ignore Vernon Reid for a minute :-)
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Post by levelhead3 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:05 pm

gosh, so many good players!

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Post by naturligfunktion » Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:38 am

They are so many, but I got to give the first place to the maestro himself

- Ron Carter -

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Licudi » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:14 am

Funny how much these things are based on time and place; in the UK in the 1980s, Pino Palladino would have topped any poll. Now he doesn't even make the list.

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Post by cretaceousear » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:09 am

Licudi wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:14 am
Funny how much these things are based on time and place; in the UK in the 1980s, Pino Palladino would have topped any poll. Now he doesn't even make the list.
I think that could be because the bands he played for and his style of playing has dated a bit. A lot of flanging and moody fretless. Disinctive certainly but tending to bland.

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Post by levelhead3 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:27 am

cretaceousear wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:09 am
Licudi wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:14 am
Funny how much these things are based on time and place; in the UK in the 1980s, Pino Palladino would have topped any poll. Now he doesn't even make the list.
I think that could be because the bands he played for and his style of playing has dated a bit. A lot of flanging and moody fretless. Disinctive certainly but tending to bland.
Poor Pino, gettin' no love here. Yet this is the man who replaced Entwistle. And basically kick-started the flatwound P-Bass tonal obsession with D'Angelo. He's well moved past his early fretless voice (sadly, imo).

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Post by Licudi » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:14 pm

Mick Karn was another 1980s bassplayer (somewhat earlier than Pino) who went out of fashion.

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Post by wavecircle » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:20 pm

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Post by cretaceousear » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:59 pm

Licudi wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:14 pm
Mick Karn was another 1980s bassplayer (somewhat earlier than Pino) who went out of fashion.
Yeah good call - felt he had a bit more bite than Pino.
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Hooky, Mani, Larry Graham, Simon Gallup and Andy Rourke.
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Post by kwaidan » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:22 pm

Early Jah Wobble.
Richard Hell.
Ron Asheton on Raw Power LP.
Lemmy.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Liddlepud » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:55 am

Mike Watt and Lemmy have already been mentioned but another one of my favourites is Leslie Langston from Throwing Muses.

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Post by cptnal » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:20 am

Wot no Mingus? :huh:

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My other faves have already been mentioned, but special consideration to Jah Wobble and Victor Wooten for sublime live experiences.

Also, if you've heard the SoDNA CD that came in Peter Gabriel's So box set, it's amazing how many of the songs owe their identity to Tony Levin's basslines. He's a melodic player much in the style of McCartney in this reviewer's humble opinion. At least in that context. He's very versatile too.

And I could listen to Percy Jones all day.... :loves:
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Post by Martebar » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:00 am

Interesting to not see Joe Dart in here.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by MindMachine » Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:18 am

Yep Jaco is great. Ron Carter is classic. Anyone John McLaughlin played with is awesome of course, but them are my favorites. I saw Jonas Helborg rip it up.

I just added Chuck Dukowski to my list. I watched him progress from rudimentary to heavy live over the years. He is the only bassist I ever saw break a string and he did it twice in different gigs. He never missed a beat. I think it was the big first bend on Caravan and I can't recall the other.
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Post by Pyrrhix » Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:29 am

cptnal wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:20 am
Wot no Mingus? :huh:
I remember the first time I heard this 12 or 13 years ago. The main bassline has been stuck in my head off and on ever since, even if I haven't listened to it recently. Mingus converted me to jazz. His attitude and personality can be felt so vitally through his music.

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