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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Guybrush, Mar 23, 2002.
hey people!i wanna learn who is your favourite jazz bassist.
I can't say I have just one! There are so many different styles and players. I'll try to be brief though!
-Dave Young: My primary influence. He was the one who got me playing bass in the first place!
-Ray Brown: I learned through his work how to walk on the bass(especially melodically)
-Alain Caron: He has been my greatest influence on the electric bass. Everything he does amazes me. When I first picked up the 6 string, I had the idea of playing bass lines and chords, with the additionaly soloistic capabilities of a 6. When I first saw Alain Caron, I knew that was the direction I wanted to go in.
-John Patitucci: He was the one who got me playing the 6. Because he plays both the DB and the 6 string, he was an ideal musician to learn from.
I have listened to a great deal of his music.
That about does it!
Upright: Dave Young, Charlie Haden (check out his stuff with Metheny), Charles Mingus
Electric: Jaco Pastorius, Alain Caron
Check out his stuff with ORNETTE!
...The Shape Of Jazz To Come; Free Jazz(w/ Scott LaFaro); This Is Our Music(just re-issued), etc
Who's Dave Young!?
More recently I've come to appreciate what Matt Garrison and Richard Bona do as well.
LOTS of great jazz players-here's a few on the "A" list-
Many Many more.... Gentlemen above:
Thank you for inspiration, truth, & beauty
oh yeah, also
Dont Forget Oscar Pettiford and on electric bass Jeff Berlin Is Great in a Standard Jazz Context, He can really burn,one of the best soloists on his instrument!
Just a few more that come to mind-
The great unsung heroes of an unsung instrument-
(except for us guys who know better!)
Steve Swallow -- I love his sound, his solos, and his compositions.
Dave Holland -- ditto all the above. He kills me.
Christian McBride, Arne Livingston, Victor Bailey, Charles Mingus, Todd Phillips, William Parker, Charlie Hunter (even though he isn't REALLY a bass player...) and of course, EGG MOCHA.
Ray Brown (obvious!), Oscar Pettiford, and the amazing NHOP (niels Henning Orsted Pederson) you gotta hear "the trio" with Joe pass, NHOP, and Oscar Peterson. Or get "Chops!" by Joe Pass doing duets with NHOP.
On electric---whoever the guy is on Joe Pass Live at Dantes.
And all the guys that have been listed so far!!!!!!!
Dave Young is a canadian bassist...he's played with a lot of big ones....peterson, marsalis, etc...incredible intonation and amazing playing...check out his Two By Two duet CD's...
...I had a feelin' he was a Canadian!
Which reminds me of one of my favourite Jazz guitar albums from back in the day...Jim Hall Live with a Canadian rhythm section of Terry Clark & Don Thompson(who I see LarryJ mentioned).
Another guy NOT mentioned-
His stuff with Air(w/ Henry Threadgill & Steve(RIP)McCall)...a record called Songlines(w/ Peter Brotzmann & Rashied Ali) is very happenin'.
Another cool disc I just picked up with Hopkins is Bern Nix' Alarms & Excursions. It's a trio disc & Nix' guitar clean tone is outta the straightahead school.
Nix is known as one of the guitarist in Ornette's Prime Time band...Alarms & Excursions is in the vibe of everyone "soloing" at the same time.
Oh, man, I forgot Rufus Reid!!!
I love Jaco (he rules the electric world), and the best upright players are Ray Brown (clearly the best), and Christian McBride. John Pattitucci is also damn good at what he does. I saw him w/ Dave Weckle on electric, and he blew my mind (it was the first real bass player I had ever heard, and now I just think hes really good). He can really play on an upright also (the best concert I ever saw was him, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and Roy Hargrove doing a tribute to Trane).
C'mon, what about Chuck Rainey and his funky jazz? And of course the bassist from Louis Armstrong, cant remember his name all of a sudden.