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Jazz Bassists to Listen To?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by kindofblue10, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. kindofblue10


    Sep 12, 2010
    Could you please recommend to me some jazz bassists to listen to? These are the people I currently listen to:

    • Paul Chambers
    • Christian McBride
    • Jaco Pastorius
    • Ray Brown

    Not a very large list, I know. Please and thank you. :)
  2. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, for sure.

    ron carter should proably be on your list too.
  3. jpfbass


    Sep 28, 2009
    I'm gonna go ahead and add Dave Holland to the list. Amazing bassist, has taken solo bass to a new level.
    Also Scott LaFaro, he was the bassist for the Bill Evans Trio. Did some pretty innovative stuff on albums like Portrait In Jazz and Walt For Debby.
    Obviously you should check out Mingus, he shows what you can do as the bassist AND bandleader of an ensemble.
    A few more:
    John Ore
    Larry Gales
    Ornette Coleman
  4. Asher S

    Asher S

    Jan 31, 2008
    John Patitucci

    Good interview snippets with him here:

  5. Nathan Parker

    Nathan Parker

    Oct 10, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I'm gonna say Red Mitchell, just to cut P.W. off. Whatchya think of that?!?

    But seriously, he's pretty sweet.

    And Percy Heath.
  6. Tehrin Cole

    Tehrin Cole

    Mar 6, 2009
    Brooklyn,New York
    Endorsing Artist:Kustom Amplifiers
    You can also check out:

    Ray Brown

    Jimmy Blanton

    Oscar pettiford

    Lisle Atkinson

    Richard Davis

    Michael Fleming

    Sam Jones

    Eddie Gomez

    Milt Hinton

    Stanley Clarke

    I can point you to sooo many more,but here are a few more that you can add to your list!
  7. I think that's just peachy, Nathan. :hyper:
  8. Nathan Parker

    Nathan Parker

    Oct 10, 2008
    Seattle, WA

    Also Wilbur Ware.

    He good.
  9. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    I'm not really a jazz player, but I love Wilbur Ware's sound and phrasing. Check out Sonny Rollin's A Night at the Village Vanguard for some great bass playing in a horn trio setting.
  10. Thunderthumbs73


    May 5, 2008
    I assume you are also listening to jazz musicians who are NOT bassists. There is a LOT to learn from non-bassists, as well.
  11. Big thumbs up, Thumbs. A guy named Bach is a great source for bass lines.
  12. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I always wondered if anyone else was copping Bach basslines. :bag:
  13. camiloochoa


    Nov 5, 2008
    this would me my advise too.

    but i will also recomend a couple of bass players:

    - gary willis
    - alain caron
    - esperanza spalding
    - steve swallow
    - carles benavent
    - avishai cohen
    - tim lefebvre
  14. Thunderthumbs73


    May 5, 2008
    Badlands- Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter (bass)
    As It Is- Peter Erskine, John Taylor, Palle Daniellson (bass)
    Serenity- Bobo Stenson Trio (comprised of Bobo Stenson, Jon Christensen, Anders Jormin (bass))

    Worth a serious look. These have been game-changer, treasured recordings for me. Badlands is a little more straightforward, but As It Is and Serenity will likely widen your notions about what a piano Jazz trio and bass playing in such an environment can be. Again, worth a serious look.
  15. fryBASS


    Aug 8, 2006
    New Haven, CT

  16. George Mraz
  17. lotusland9663

    lotusland9663 Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Vancouver BC Canada
    For me it's Charles Mingus, great power and passion in his playing and his bands always sound great
  18. whatiswhat


    Mar 11, 2010
    Joplin MO
    Brian Bromberg!!!!
  19. Dudaronamous

    Dudaronamous Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Bothell, WA
    Gary Peacock
    Charlie Haden
  20. PLEEZE, not again! We got many, many "Who's yer favorite Bassist" threads here, especially jazz bassists.
    Why not use the TB search function and bump up an older thread that has maybe a hundred favorites in there.

    EDIT: Some even contain clever posts like fryBASS' that say ME :help:

    Holy ****.
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