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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ghostrider, May 5, 2012.
Any exceptional jazz bass players that you guys know of?
Hundreds. Here are "ten":
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.
there are probably a few hundred around the world.
That you know of? I was just curious in other people's opinions of great jazz players.
Nobody mentioned Ray Brown! Man he had a fantastic sound.
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)
Yeah, but they mostly play those big, bulky *doghouse* things. Crazy.
You mean they play REAL basses...
Check out this dude. Ruud Jacobs. Back when I studied Jazz at Duquesne University, he was one of my fav's.
All of 'em
Go grab you a cup a coffee, turn your speakers on and click.
Thanks man. I'll check it out
What he said-also check out these links:
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".
Ol' Charlie Haden should be in the list, also.IMO.
Wilbur Bascomb is one of my favorites; there, I have just dated myself.
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.
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.
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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