In response to my Virtuoso question. What bassist shows musicality?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by CaribooBass, May 6, 2021.

  1. CaribooBass


    Nov 30, 2017
    I can not answer all that responded to my question on being a Virtuoso. I am great full of what was written and the new to me bass players I have now been made aware of.

    The biggest thing that was shown by your responses is, the level of the players musicality is more important or just as important.
    So what players are an example of musicality and inspired you ?
  2. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    McCartney, first and foremost

    And there's so many more when it comes to him...

    Gary Thain (RIP)

    Tim Bogert (RIP)

    Derek Forbes

    George Anderson

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  3. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
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  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Musicality is great, but to me there's got to be something more. I don't like to watch movies with a lot of cleverly written lines and great cinematography but a thin plot, and I don't like music that doesn't communicate anything more than dazzling musical ability.
  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    The question was about a "Virtouoso" person, not about what kind of movies you like. I dig that analogy but you totally missed the point Jimmy. Do I like the ET movie because of the ET creature alone? Well I would not agree with that.
  6. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    But I think "musicality" here does *not* mean empty flash. Just the opposite.
    Like Ringo, to use a drummer example.
  7. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    The first bassist who comes to my mind is a double bassist: Charlie Haden.
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yeah, we need some definitions: IME, saying someone is "musical" is paying a high compliment --- no matter their skills, great or small.
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  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    "Virtuoso" means pfft to me unless there's something behind it than mere chops. And ET was a great movie because of the plot, not just the ET character. OTOH, Star Wars sucked because the plot and acting sucked.
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  10. WG Plum

    WG Plum

    Apr 9, 2021
    Hot take alert.
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  11. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    That Beatle guy............

    Paul ALWAYS made the song better.
  12. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Jimmy, Haha about the star wars! You're the man! Cheers and stay in good health.
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  13. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    Peter MARK Egan. He's a session bassist who brings an a-game that's simply unbelievable

    Christian McBride just crushes me. He's actually known as a upright Jazz guy, this is a rare moment on fretless electric

    Bass solo at 4:30

    Juan Nelson (known for playing with Ben Harper) isn't as well known, but should make people reassess their practice routines

    on the other end of the spectrum, you have a guy like Rex Brown of Pantera. Rarely out-front, but absolutely key to the musical vision
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  14. Whoever Sade's bass player was on this. I think his name is Paul Denman?

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  15. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    how much you wanna bet that's actually Lee Sklar on the album. It's fretless whatever it is, not the Musicman in the video, maybe upright.
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    In case you haven't been on Earth.

    You can close the thread now.
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  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Mark Egan, not Peter, but yes he’s great, especially with Pat Metheny
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  18. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    ^goddamit, I'm reading too many car magazines. fixed
  19. josephbass86

    josephbass86 Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Steve Swallow


    Anthony Jackson
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  20. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen

    Sep 19, 2016
    The credits to the album Diamond Life only list Paul Denman on bass. Given that it was a new band recording in London they wouldn't have had the budget for Sklar, and if a session player had been brought in it would likely have been someone like Mo Foster or Pino Palladino.
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