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jazz bassists who play bass guitar exclusively

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tampabass, Jun 2, 2010.


  1. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    Tampa
    Disclosures:
    not a rocket scientist, but I play one on TV
    Yes, there are lots of doublers, but ...
    Who are the well-known (living) bassists who primarily play jazz, and for concerts and recordings exclusively play bass guitar, fretted or fretless (as opposed to upright bass or electric upright bass)?
    And by jazz, I'm referring to jazz and/or jazz fusion, but not smooth jazz, funk, R&B, or jamband (not that there's anything wrong with any of that)
    a few that come to mind:
    Jeff Berlin
    Steve Swallow
    Bob Cranshaw
    Bunny Brunel
    Mark Egan
    Kai Eckhardt
    Richard Bona
    Victor Bailey
    Marcus Miller
    Vic Wooten
     
  2. Jon_West

    Jon_West

    Jan 8, 2009
    GTA, Ontario
    Todd Johnson
    Tony Grey
    Katsuji Morioka
     
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  4. thombo

    thombo

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    vic does play some upright, at least on record.
     
  5. thombo

    thombo

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Jaco
    Alphonso Johnson
    Janek Gwizdala
    Hadrien Feraud
    Lincoln Goines
     
  6. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    Tampa
    Disclosures:
    not a rocket scientist, but I play one on TV
    Jaco's back? ("living" bassists)

    Just kidding. Thanks for all the names - I knew most, but not all. Gonna' have to do some listening homework.
     
  7. tommy gilstrap

    tommy gilstrap Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2004
    Orange Park, Fl.
    One of my all time favorites- Jimmy Haslip.
     
  8. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    Tampa
    Disclosures:
    not a rocket scientist, but I play one on TV
    right. I knew I'd forget one of the obvious ones. Great player.
     
  9. Jojabeau

    Jojabeau

    Feb 8, 2008
    Mid Atlantic
    Who is the guy with Kenny G.......
     
  10. noahw1

    noahw1

    Jul 22, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vail Johnson
     
  11. Me! ;)
    but only because I can't find anywhere to rent an upright...
     
  12. noahw1

    noahw1

    Jul 22, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Abe Laboriel
    Tom Kennedy
    Anthony Jackson
    Jeff Andrews
     
  13. whocaresnotme

    whocaresnotme

    Jun 21, 2009
    Tom Kennedy, Bunny Brunel and Vic Wooten play upright.
     
  14. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    But is he a "jazz bassist"?
    I'd ask the same question regarding richard bona and marcus miller... and a few more mentioned so far. :)
     
  15. thombo

    thombo

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    oh... my bad
     
  16. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    Tampa
    Disclosures:
    not a rocket scientist, but I play one on TV
    Yeah, but my guess is that with Vic, he plays electric 99% of the time and upright 1%, so in my book I'd call that "exclusively." I've never seen him play an upright with the Flecktones. Does he bring it out when he's doing his own thing?

    I first knew of Brunel as a fretless electric bassist with Chick's band, but I don't really have any of his solo releases. Does he play upright on those, or on stage?
     
  17. thombo

    thombo

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    questioning wether or not they are jazz bassists?
     
  18. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Check Jaco's last recording... Standards Zone with Brian Melvin. I know you said living, but I think that album is the best thing Jaco ever did. Seems to be like that, best music is always at the end of the life. No doubt with Hendrix.
     
  19. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    Alphonso started as an upright player & played some upright bass on his solo albums.
     
  20. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    yes.:)
     
  21. noahw1

    noahw1

    Jul 22, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA



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