Jazz bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ghostrider, May 5, 2012.

  1. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Any exceptional jazz bass players that you guys know of?
  2. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Hundreds. Here are "ten":

    1. Mingus
    2. Mingus
    3. Mingus
    4. Mingus
    5. Mingus
    6. Paul Chambers
    7. Sam Jones
    8. Miroslav Vitous
    9. Christian McBride
    10. Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen

    Make it 11: Scott LaFaro. Geez, he might be Mingus #2.
  3. otherclef


    Aug 10, 2011
    there are probably a few hundred around the world.
  4. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    That you know of? I was just curious in other people's opinions of great jazz players.
  5. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves Gold Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Rosemead, Ca
    Nobody mentioned Ray Brown! Man he had a fantastic sound.
  6. Tecate


    Jun 26, 2007
    Stanley Clarke.
  7. Paul Chambers (Mr PC)
    Jimmy Blanton (Ellingtons main man)
    Milt Hinton (father of slap...Count Basie, etc)
    Mingus (avant garde)
    Scott LaFaro (unbelievable in his short career)
    Ray Brown (the walking man...classiest, most tasteful)
    Richard Davis (the 70's main guy)
    Leroy Vinnegar (another great walking bassist)
  8. Yeah, but they mostly play those big, bulky *doghouse* things. Crazy.
  9. You mean they play REAL basses...
  10. Check out this dude. Ruud Jacobs. Back when I studied Jazz at Duquesne University, he was one of my fav's.
  11. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
  12. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
  13. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Thanks man. I'll check it out
  14. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
  15. Crg2


    Feb 9, 2012
    Paul Chambers. He occasionally would get out the bow, and get crazy and atonal like a rock 'n roll guy. Check out his playing on "Red Garland's Piano".
  16. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay

    Ol' Charlie Haden should be in the list, also.IMO.
  17. bass_man86


    Apr 29, 2002
    Virginia Beach
  18. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Ron Carter has reawakened my love for Jazz bassists recently. So many out there, some of my favorites already mentioned.

    I also dig Jimmy Garrison, William Parker, Gary Peacock, Buell Nedlinger, and Charles Farmbrough, off the top of my head. DB is the king of all bass instruments IMO, even though I only play electric.
  19. Dave Holland and Percy Heath are/were both fantastic players, and I'm surprised they hadn't been mentioned yet. Even though they've already been noted, I'll say Ray Brown, NHOP, Paul Chambers, Scott LaFaro and Mingus to reiterate their importance in making the bass what it is today.

    In terms of more modern jazz electric bass cats, I love guys like Janek Gwizdala, Matt Garrison (who is IMO the reason this new breed of modern jazz bassists arose), Hadrien Feraud.... Keep in mind this type of stuff is, for the most part, radically different from what the aforementioned upright players were doing in their day or are doing now.
  20. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I never get why garrison is rarely mentioned. Maybe being part of Coltranes 'tets kept him in the shade a bit, but you don't see the same thing with Tyner or Jones, very strange.

    I always think of his lines as tone poems, or sonic paintings.

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