Need some Fretless recordings!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Nov 13, 2012.


  1. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    I want some more albums that have a fretless bass on every song of the album. All I pretty much know of are Jaco's stuff and Tribal Tech (Gary Willis).

    I heard some Steve Digiorgio yesterday, but didn't care too much for his work with Sadus, but I liked his stuff with Dark Hall, a jazz album. It doesn't have to only be Jazz. I was hopeful in the metal recordings of Steve, but most of what I heard was like 80's thrash metal, which I am not a huge fan of. I do like it sometimes, but am very picky, and wasn't too moved with what I heard yesterday. But I do like Metallica and Tool, as well as most rock, jazz, and blues.

    Thanks,

    Matt
  2. ntenny

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    For a really unique fretless voice, listen to Mick Karn's work. I read a review once that said he sounded "like he learned to play on another planet". (He was in a sort of experimental-new-wave band called Japan in the 80s, and did a remarkable album with Peter Murphy under the name Dalis Car, which really showcases the fretless bass as a melodic instrument. It sounds sort of dated now, but also quite unlike anything else.)

    -NT
  3. Dogsferatu

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    Karn's is fantastic! I would also listen to Tony Franklin (The Firm, David Gilmour, etc) Then of course Tony Levin and Jack Bruce!
  4. tylerwylie

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    Look up Cynic, Exivious as well for some badass fretless playing. Love playing me some Cynic covers.
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  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

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    Check out Brand X. Percy Jones is a highly respected fretless pioneer.
  7. Dogfish

    Dogfish Supporting Member

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    Check out Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians. The bass player's name is Andy Metcalfe. He does not play on most of Robyn's solo stuff. Amazing player.
  8. elgecko

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    Paul Simon's Graceland is chock full of tasty fretless courtesy of Bakithi Khumalo.
  9. J.D.B.

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    Check out: "Tom Hoven in liquid chaos" (Amazon, iTunes, etc.).
    Every track is a fretless.

    Josh
  10. dave2

    dave2 Gold Supporting Member

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    Steve Bailey on 6 string fretless is an incredible musician!
  11. bearhart74

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    Les Claypool for electric fretless..

    All upright bass is fretless and their is a ton of material to learn in the jazz catalog
  12. klaus486

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    Rob Pagliari with OHM. Ripping instrumental rock.
  13. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

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    Alain Caron with UZEB and Le Band, also Bunny Brunel with Cab. They don't always play fretless, but they're smoking on it when they do!
  14. The Owl

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    Good example of Percy Jones in action:

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  16. Devils Advocate

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    Give a listen to this, and if you like search out more of his stuff. I think it's incredibly simple yet tasteful fretless playing. Lots of heart.

    Listen at least up till a chorus :) .

    Love the lyrics in this song too. I find myself singing it to myself often.

  17. brendanbassist

    brendanbassist Supporting Member

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    Wrong link?
  18. Devils Advocate

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    oops. fixed. I meant this

    feel like I got caught cheating on learning some mandolin parts. that slip could have been way worse. :)
  19. MixBass

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    Pino raised the bar on 2 Paul Young records.
    Percy is to this day as distinct of a voice as it gets.
  20. JTE

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    "Takin' My Time" and "Give It Up" by Bonnie Raitt. These are from 1973 and 1972 respectively. Freebo was my first exposure to fretless bass. He gets a great funky tone, and his pitch control is awesome. Often you only know he's playing fretless when he let's you know by smearing a note or sliding . Dig his funky approach on "You've Been In Love Too Long" and his heart-breakingly beautiful accompaniment on "Too Long At The Fair".

    John
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    Anything by Big Sir.

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