Best Jazz Bassist

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Jimbo, Jun 27, 2001.

  1. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    i've been playing bass for a little over a year now. lately, i've really gotten into jazz. so i was wonderingwho in your opinion is the greatest jazz bassist?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well I don't see why you have to choose one - there are loads of really good Jazz bassists and for different reasons. We are in BG land so if we're sticking with electric players then it probably has to be Jaco, with Stanley Clarke, a close second, but there are loads more I like for different reasons and if we include Doube Bass, then there are hundreds - but then we probably get moved to DB! ;)

    So like Mingus, Paul Chambers, Nils Henning Orsted Pederson, Ray Brown, Ron Carter would have to be on most people's list and relative "newcomers" like Christain McBride and Avishai Cohen, might still have their best work in front of them, but I like so many and wouldn't want to choose!
  3. Ray Brown
    Paul Chambers
    Gary Willis
    Scott LaFarro
    Charles Mingus
    Ron Carter
    John Patitucci
    Christian McBride
    Dave Holland

    (well, that's today's list anyway)
  4. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    Jaco, and he only needed 4 strings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hmm there are alot of greats to check out.
    Too many to list. But you can go to and do some searches for these cats.
  6. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I don't think that's an answerable question. IMO there is no one "greatest". Like everybody, though, I have my distinct favorites. Since we're in the bass guitar dept, some of my fave jazz e-bassists are

    Steve Swallow
    John Patitucci
    Marcus Miller
    Jimmy Haslip

    But when you're talking jazz, the overwhelming majority of bassists are upright bassists, so let me sneak in a few of those:

    Gary Peacock
    Ray Brown
    Red Mitchell (this guy was a monster, but few today know him)
  7. Rockinjc


    Dec 17, 1999
    I don't understand! What does best mean?
  8. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    well maybe i worded it wrong, rockinjc. but i just want to know some jazz bassists that i should look into.
  9. Rockinjc


    Dec 17, 1999
    I think Scott LaFarro was a mind blower.
  10. I really liked Ray Brown's work with Oscar Peterson.
  11. My favorite Jazz Players in order.

    Ray Brown
    Scott LaFaro
    Paul Chambers
    Ron Carter

    I have been getting into a guy named Jim Ferguson lately, pretty cool stuff.

    the electric side
    Stanley Clarke
    Marcus Miller
    Rocco for jazzy/funk
    Jonas Hellborg
    Christian McBride for smoother jazz
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Saw the last episode of Ken Burns "Jazz" last night on the BBC and Christian McBride actually got a mention - I was shocked! (The Wynton "seal of approval"?)

    It's amazing how many great bassists were left out! :rolleyes:
  13. FunkmastaJ


    Feb 1, 2001
    Seattle WA

    You know Wynton "discovered" Christian McBride. Probobly the only good thing he ever did.
  14. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I would check out Vic Wooten.

    Maybe Marcus Miller, John Pattituci.
  15. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    why post the same thing twice. :)