Jazz Bassists that played electric bass...in the 50's and 60's.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by soma89, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    So far I found some nice videos of bassists in 60s KILLING on electric bass. Not talking about Jaco-wannabe's btw. The sounds are BIG and organic.

    Anybody know any other videos or recordings from this era that feature electric bass?

    Go to 5:07 to hear a beautiful solo on an old Kay "howling wolf bass". The whole video is pretty awesome though

    More Lenny Breau. Recording at RCA Studios with Chet Atkins. Bassist is getting a huge tone with an old Hofner Violin bass.
  2. crlujan


    Jul 26, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Billy Butler plays bass on this one in more of a guitar mode. Lead instrument. It may even be one of those Fender Bass VIs but not sure.

  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    google monk montgomery.
  4. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    How could I forget.
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  5. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Very cool, also sounds like the bass is probably a fretted.
  6. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Monk and also Bob Cranshaw . He passed away just a while ago.. I spoke with him as he was getting ready for a 80th birthday tribute to Harold Maeburn here at Smoke jazz club. He told me that Sonny Rollins asked him to play because he could here the bass better on bigger stages, and that Dizzy was also in the same camp. Sonny like the clarity of the electric also. Also Carol Kaye did gigs with west coast jazzers such as Hampton Hawes. Check out blues in all keys J Aebersold to hear some fine electric blues jazz playing by Cranshaw.

    I also heard Ron Carter on some stuff electric bass briefly (Joe Henderson on Black Miracle and CTI stuff<-- more 60 to 70's), but he probably will deny it now :)
  7. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Anthony Jackson started playing bass in 1968. Does that count?
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  8. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    More looking for that big hollow flatwound tone. Basically when electric basses were more trying to sound like an upright, and the approach to them was more of an upright approach. This is the tone and style that really has been appealing to me lately.

    Generally, in the 70's and 80's,I find the electric bass already had a modern tone to it and a style that was more "in your face" and funky.. also, the tone got a little more midrangey.
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  9. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
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  10. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    monk montgomery
    bob cranshaw
    jimmy lewis
    mickey bass

    jimmy and bob played on all the jazz and soul jazz stuff in the 60's. both played upright as well i believe.
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  11. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    yep - +1 on cranshaw, an often-overlooked master
  12. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    He's a bit more modern than you're asking for (he started in '70 with Dizzy Gillespie) but I'm a big fan of John Lee. Here's an example from 1997. Awesome electric bass solo starting at 5:20. In my dreams, this is what I would want to sound like. So this isn't within your 50's/60's requirement, but check it out; I think it's timelessly beautiful playing.

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  13. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    You had me at Lenny Breau...
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  14. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Liberty Township
    There was this player named James Jamerson.....
  15. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    Promising thread...subscribed.
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  16. redwingxix


    Oct 21, 2015
    Uptown Conversation by Ron Carter was recorded in 69. In the liner notes he is credited as playing the Fender Bass.
  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Joe Byrd...

    This may be recent (1982?)...these guys have been doing this thing for awhile.
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  18. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monk Montgomery helped pioneer electric bass by playing for Lionel Hampton's band. Lionel reportedly loved it. He also played with Art Farmer.

    Here he is with Art's group.
  19. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Given the year of the recording (1956?), that has gotta be Monk Montgomery's 51' Precision bass. Killer vibe
  20. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    A little bit later (1975) but I love the playing on Bobby Hutcherson's "Montara" by Dave Troncoso and Chuck Domanico. Not as upright-50's/60's vibe as what you're talking about--more 70's, but very much classic "Fender Bass". Not flashy, just solid jazz electric bass, more like Cranshaw than Monk, with a latin flavor.

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