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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by PumpkinEscobar, Jul 14, 2016.
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Who was their first bass player? The one that was over 6' and breathed fire.
Jenny Lee/Warpaint is my fave.
I never really thought about it before. Most of my favorite players are male for really no other reason than I was attracted to the band's music first, and the bassist just happened to be male.
I suppose Sean Yseult. I like her energy and White Zombie was great.
I generally don't rank bass players who are better than me, which excludes ranking just about any bass player with a following.
So based on facial expressions alone, my favourite is Este Haim.
I remember that concert. Was a bit chilly out....
I did not know about them. Cool stuff. I dig it, and I like the bass parts. A bit of an electronic vibe but that seems to be common these days in indie music.
Sara Lee was mentioned in a list. This video is from the '80s. I've always loved her simple but very danceable grooves. I think she went on to other bands. B-52s?
I saw Esperanza Spalding on a Late Night show.
Again, no P bass, ignoring the pocket, and a boutique bass. MORE HERESY! You guys clearly don't know what makes a good bass player according to Talkbass orthodox doctrine
A lot of great players listed for sure. For me, ever since I've been turned on to Lake Street Dive, I've been obsessed with Bridget Kearney. She is such a bad ass player. Excellent groove, excellent pocket and killer vocals. What more do you want out of a bass player? From a male pig perspective I think she is quite nice to look at as well.
I've been lucky enough to study with Marlene Rosenberg here in Chicago. She grooves as hard as any jazz bassist I know, and her sound is huge. Here she is with Ed Thigpen.
Check out her playing on the League of Gentlemen album with Robert Fripp too.
I have minor misgivings anytime somebody prefixes any creative role such as bassist with the word "female" as a modifier. Mainly because far too many people equate "best female bassist" with saying "best (for a female) bassist." And that's a faux distinction that needs to die.
You're either something or you're not. Gender isn't a qualifier or an excuse. And none of the women I know who play bass appreciate being put in some separate subcategory just because their "dangly bits" (as Ian Anderson put it) are different from those of a guy.
But I'd better drop it before I'm accused of leading some PC crusade here.
So, to play along, I'd like to nominate Esperanza Spaulding and Meshell Ndegeocello (or however she's currently spelling it ) as two superb bassists who just so happen (courtesy of the human genetic lottery) to also be women.
When it comes to music I see no gender, male musicians are the same as women musicians ... But I think Esperanza S. very hot.... And such a good musician....
Nothing wrong with thinking somebody is hot. But that's entirely different category to vote on.
And for the record, I think Ms. Spaulding is rather lovely (both for her appearance and her personality) myself.
I didn't think anybody else new about Kim Clarke
(Steve Coleman and 5 Elements, Defunkt, and all kinds of Jazz gigs around NYC. [on Upright])
I have her on my list of influences in my profile. She would smoke Tal W.
Tracy Wormworth ... currently with the B-52's ... has done stints with the Waitresses, Sting, Wayne Shorter and Cyndi Lauper among others. Her performance on "Christmas Wrapping" alone makes her a legend in my book ...
Sara Lee played extensively with another great performer, Ani DiFranco.
Janice Marie Johnson (A Taste of Honey).
Her tone was sweet.
Check out "World Spin" from one of the most under rated albums of the 70's.
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