Five Most Influential in Funk, Rock, Fusion, Sessions
Needless to say, no list will include everyone or satisfy everyone, but this approach might get closer to consensus.
My Lists Are:
1. Larry Graham
4. John Paul Jones
5. Geddy Lee
1. Jaco Pastorius
2. Stanley Clarke
2. Alphonso Johnson
3. Ralphe Armstrong
4. Victor Wooten
1. James Jamerson
3. Chuck Rainey
4. Joe Osborne
5. Anthony Jackson
I can't believe I came up with a new formula and still left off Marcus Miller!!!
For funk, Larry Graham and Bootsy both need to be on there, to which I add Verdine White, Rocco Prestia, and Louis Johnson.
For rock, I would respectfully debate that in terms of the way rock bassists play today, John Entwistle and Jack Bruce don't seem to be much of an influence. That kind of improvisatory, dare I call it noodly style seems to have fallen out of favor. But perhaps I am simply revealing my own personal biases here.
McCartney must definitely top the rock list. Love him or hate him, Flea has had a huge impact on a whole generation (mine) of players. Mike Gordon, another big figure in my generation, pretty much established the ground rules for the bassist of a modern jam rock outfit. Justin Chancellor of Tool seems to be a big influence on a number of younger players. And Cliff Burton of Metallica remains an inspiration for metal dudes everywhere.
Sessions? Can't argue with Jamerson. Or Duck. Or Chuck. But what about Pino? Lee Sklar? This might be the toughest of all categories to narrow down to five.
I agree about Flea for rock. Paul Jackson from the Headhunters and Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power could be argued for funk. Is #2 in Fusion a tie between Stanley Clarke and Alphonso Johnson? Stanley wins for me at least more of a tie between him and Jaco than anyone else, his Silly Putty bass intro from my dad's record collection changed my life and made me want to play bass.
The list of session players is the hardest simply because it encompasses so many people and so many styles of music.
EVERYBODY you named was playing in the '70s (including Wooten).
American Bassist, Jim Fielder with Blood, Sweat & Tears was an excellent example besides Carole Kaye who worked from Motown to the Wrecking Crew. Bob Babbett and many others who brought the good bass lines to the world including a good few in the U.K.
I guess players like Supercat, Thaddeus Tribbett, Hadrien Feraud, Esperanza Spalding, Jamereo Artis, will be influences for young folks.
To the OP:
For Funk, Mark Adams could have been 1 thru 5 on your list. He was so damn awesome!
Gotta listen to some Slave now.
Nate Phillips, Rocco and Lamonte Johnson would have to be added to my funk list. Don't know if I could keep it limited to just 5.
DW, Lamont Johnson is a monster! I like to say that Lamont Johnson, Fernaundo Saunders, Michael Henderson, and Ralphe Armstrong, were the Detroit fretless funk mob! Leon Sylvers III is another great and unique funk player too.
A couple more nominations for fusion:
This is why I don't care for top ten or top five lists. Someone or something important always gets left out.
Jimmy, arguing over who got left off is the fun part!
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