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For us electric players - who is your favorite upright player?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Planet Boulder, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Yeah, yeah, I know - there are probably a bajillion of these on the upright board, but what about us primarily (or solely) electric players? Who are your favorite upright players?

    My personal fave is Ron Carter. Being a funk freak, I really dig the stuff he does with Freddie Hubbard on Red Clay and Straight Life.

    Stanley Clarke is also one of my faves - I have a DVD of a 70s performance of his in which he plays upright on a few tunes and it is mind-blowing, to say the least.

    Also dig Patitucci quite a bit - he's one of my favorite all-around players and I saw him with Shorter's quartet last year. He's amazing to watch/listen to.
  2. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Christian McBride is definatley my favorite DB player. He has great groove, and he can throw in some of the most tasteful stuff while walking a line.

    I also dig Wynton Marsalis' bassist; his name escapes me at the moment. I thing it's Reginald something or other, great player.
  3. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Marshall Lytle of Bill Haley And The Comets.
  5. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
  6. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Dave Holland
  7. cirwin


    May 2, 2005
    In order: Ray Brown, Buster Williams, Peter washington. (Did I mention Ray Brown?)
  8. +1 Dave Holland. I just got Bitches Brew for my birthday and his playing is amazing. I also watched some footage of him playing the Newport Jazz Festival the other day on PBS. The man can do it all.
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I just love Jim Creeggan from Barenaked Ladies. Also, Rob Wasserman's work on Bruce Cockburn's "The Charity Of Night" record is downright inspirational.

    Oh, also, some jazz guys, I think the names that come to mind are Charlie Mingus and Paul Chambers.....
  10. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I like Paul Chambers. I like Lonnie Plaxico too. His version of "Squib Cakes" is great. I love the sound of the upright playing funk.
  11. Wow, I love this topic. In fact, I started a thread on this same topic several years ago.;)

    I always think it's good to recall that the whole EBG-URB thing shouldn't be an us-vs-them thing; we're in this adventure of bass together.

    Anyway, some of my faves are

    Gary Peacock
    John Patitucci
    Red Mitchell
    Ray Brown
    Scott LaFaro
    Paul Chambers
    Buster Williams
  12. My favourite upright player is probably Hub from the Roots. I like Paul Chambers and Mingus too.
  13. Futurebass


    Jun 22, 2005
    Mark Peterson (James Blood Ulmer, Joan Baez,Cassandra Wilson)has impeccable ears and taste.

    Henry Grimes disappeared for about 30 years, now he's back.

    David Izenzon played some amazing stuff with Ornette Coleman.

    In rock and folk music Danny Thompson is great.
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Dave Holland
    Chris Wood
    Sebastian Steinberg
  15. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Amen to that!
  16. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    +1 for Jim Creeggan. He is particularly wonderful on Barenaked Ladies' album Born on a Pirate Ship. I also like his Brothers Creeggan stuff.
  17. iloveloosey

    iloveloosey Guest

    Sep 9, 2000
    richard davis ~ listen to van morrison's astral weeks, eric dolphy's out to lunch, or the solo persia my dear
  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Back in '75, when I first got into Jazz & URB players...it was Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Mingus, & Richard Davis. Those were the guys that were on my 1st Jazz records; I still have Bass books by Carter & Davis from that time frame.
    Back then it was possible to see & hear Ray Brown every afternoon, too, on The Merv Griffin Show. ;)

    Dave Holland is the man!

    You mentioned Out To Lunch...don't forget about Andrew Hill's Point Of Departure(recorded within the same day or so with almost the exact same personnel as Dolphy's record). ;)
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Yeah, everyone thought Grimes was dead; when he came on the scene, someone(I forget who) gave him a bass to play.
    I managed to pick up his 1st solo disc on the old ESP label....bass-drums-clarinet!
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    On a tangent(as usual)-
    Anyone pick up the brand new live Shorter disc?
    It's supposed to be Footprints Live! +1!

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