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Best blues bass(ist)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Youngspanion, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. Tommy Shannon? What does he use? He does have a fan ;) tastic tone.
  2. '62 Fender Jazz
    custom made foderas 4 strings
    MusicMan StringRay
    fenders precision & jazz
    600watt eden world tour 88 series amps whit 2 matching 4x10 bottoms
    fodera strings

    from bass guitar mag (Jan/Feb 2005)
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I think the best blues bass work I have ever heard is
    Harvey Brooks on 'Albert's Shuffle' accompanying
    Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper on the original recording
    of Super Session. Circa 1965.

  4. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    My vote for best blues bassit goes to Willie Dixon.
  5. What artist did Wille Dixon play for?
  6. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Willie Dixon played for Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson, Willie Mabon and more... That makes him the greatest in my eyes...
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Ahhh the Chess years.

    And Willie was a great songsmith and arranger. Kudos to that,
    I was thinking more in terms of style and nuance.

    In terms of experience and legend, Willie is the man.
  8. Funkengrooven

    Funkengrooven Turn it down? You gotta be nuts!!

    Yeah, all those cats are good, but who is taking Blues bass to the other side of the moon????.

    Besides me, of course????.. :D

    One thing that I find lacking in Blues bassists is what blues guitar players already have...that totally in your face thing...

    The snarl and pump and grind...not punk but over the top.

    And all the hardcore blues guys are constantly busting on me, but blues is alive and if you don't put your own stamp on it you might as well go home.

    Play the BLUES.Make your bass cry...you been busted as often as the guitar players and singers...make it CRY, moan, shout!!

    SEE NOW ya got me goin!!!! :scowl:
  9. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK

    The only man that can play Robert Johnson chord-melody tunes on the bass.
  10. How about Freddie Kings Bassist? Hes pretty damn good too,no?
  11. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I always dug Jerry Jemmont's playing on B.B. King's "Completely Well" record.
  12. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    We must not forget ROSCOE BECK, to me he is to blues bass what SRV was to Blues guitar, a true modern master.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Phil, don't forget Willie played with Chuck Berry too!
  14. i don't know the name of the guy, but I saw Robben Ford in Sydney several years ago and this bass player that was with him was the man. An amazing live sound and this restrained feel that held back his chops until the necessary time. One of the most memorable bass performances i have ever seen. Slinky and sublime and then when the chops broke out the audience was in raptures. A total command of the blues like I have never seen since.
  15. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Probably Roscoe Beck.
  16. My fave is "Duck" Dunn
  17. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Hands down, Roscoe Beck! I don't think anyone comes close in skill level within that genre.
  18. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    +1 Dunn is a great player (BLUES BROTHERS!), but I asscociate him more with Stax records and more of a soul r&b style.
  19. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Indeed he did, I just didn't think that fit into the blues category. Then again, I suppose they all those songs only have 3 chords anyway... :p
  20. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Larry Taylor- Acoustic
    Keith Fregason- Fab T-birds- electric