Is there any bassist that play jazz with a P-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by maturanesa, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Or any jazz track recorded with a P-bass...
  2. BKBassDude


    Jun 17, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Lots of electric Miles records from the 70s and Herbie Hancock from the same era featured P bass. I'm sure there's quite a bit more but those come to mind first.
  3. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Does Jazz Fusion count? If it does, there are a bunch. Some of my favorites are Paul Jackson and Freddie Washington with Herbie Hancock, Alfonso Johnson on some of the early Weather Report albums, Mark Wood with Mideski, Martin, & Wood, Billy Sheehan with Niacin, and Marcello Gulliani iwth Erik Truffaz.

  4. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    If you are talking about split-coil specifically, then for electronic yes, for acoustic, no.
  5. Ralphe Armstrong played a fretless P with the Mahavishnu Orchestra - I read an article somewhere in which Ralphe saying that it's one of the reasons he got the job!

    Chuck Rainey played a P - some jazzy lines with Steely Dan and early Rickie Lee Jones (I think)....not really jazz, though.

    Agree with the Fusion thing - a natural home for the P.
  6. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Of course not. Jazz is played with Jazz basses. That's how it got the name.

    People using Precision basses always play in the genre of Precision. Silly.
  7. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
  8. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    That's why jazz guitar players only play Jazzmasters, right? :p
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.

    I like to play thunder with a thunderbird.
  10. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Max Bennet comes to mind
  11. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    does little to explain stratocaster or telecaster

    precision was meaningful when it was unveiled as a precise alternative to DB
  12. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    I can only play Jewish music with my Steinberger...
  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    What about the Jaguar bass?

    Or my personal favorite ... the Frankensteined bass!!!
  14. kai_ski


    Apr 14, 2007
    Wenatchee, WA
    I found this video a while ago. Very cool use of a P bass.

  15. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I play jazz with a parts P bass that wears old flats. Works well, and I can get a thumpier sound than the other bassist who plays a Jazz copy.
  16. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Jeff Andrews.
  17. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I use a P/J (as well as other basses). Does that count?
  18. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Generally speaking you do not have to play Jazz music with a Jazz bass ;)

    I have seen P basses being used in anything from rock and metal to slap, jazz and r&b. It all comes down to personal preference and desired tone/sound.
  19. Actually, truth be told, if you even ATTEMPT to play jazz with a Precision, you will be visited late at night by thugs from the Federation of Real Jazz Players Who Only Use A Jazz Bass....or the FRJPWOUAJB....not a good thing to witness.......:p