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List of BADA$$ Groove players

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by aaronious, Feb 4, 2016.


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  1. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    As I continue on this bass playing journey of mine, I'm starting to discover exactly what kind of bass player I am and want to be. I'm a groove player. No fast licks or crazy slap solos for me, and I am just fine with that. In fact the more I practice slapping, the more I just don't like it. It sounds great when some people do it, it's just not for me. However, it seems ever youtube video I see of bass players is some super technical, double tapping, speedily arpeggiated, slap fest.

    Where's all the groove players at? A solo here and there is fine but I'm mostly looking for guys who can just lock in the pocket and groove all night long. Like the James Brown days.

    Pete Shand from The New Master Sounds, Benny Turner with Freddie King. He takes solo's all the time, but IMHO Chris Wood from MMW is first and foremost a Groove player. What I'm looking for is mostly finger style cats that love to hold down the Groove. BONUS POINTS IF THEY PLAY A P BASS.

     
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  2. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Really? Nobody likes the groove huh? Weird.
     
  3. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Well, if you like The New Mastersounds...how about The Meters w/ George (P-bass) Porter?

    In the mid-'70s, when the realization hit me that I was no chops-meister...guys like-
    Chuck Rainey (P-bass)
    Will Lee (lotta P-bass back then)
    Gary King
    ...were "my" guys.
    Paul Jackson was another.

    BTW, Chris Wood may be a groover on EB...on URB, he is a monster-virtuoso.
     
  4. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Bernard Edwards from Chic, the guy had groove for miles
     
  5. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Here we go. Thanks guys. Ya George Porter has always been a favorite of mine. Can't say I've listened too much Chic. But I will start. Keep em coming
     
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  6. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Check out Gary 'mani' Mounfield from Stone Roses then Primal Scream, guy has some serious licks and lovely baselines dancing around the music
     
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  7. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    For Chic, I know you don't like slap, but for the beginning of Everybody Dance he uses double hit thumb technique and progresses into fingers

    I want your Love, simple and groovy
     
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  8. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    John Taylor Duran Duran
     
  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
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  10. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    That's what I was looking for, cheers
     
  11. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and JT is a big fan of Bernard Edwards.
     
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  12. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Jerry Jemmott
    Willie Weeks
    "Family Man" Barrett
    Robbie Shakespere
    Tina Weymouth
    Larry Graham (he may be the godfather of slap, but if you don't think he grooves then .......:eyebrow:)
    Carmine Rojas (Listen to David Bowie's album "Let's Dance" Carmine grooves his ass off from start to finish.)
    Tommy Shannon
    Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys......Oh Yeah! :cool:)
     
  13. How about these 3?

    The ultimate groovemeister-James Jamerson
    Mr white funk, Rocco Prestia
    Blues monster Johnny B Gayden
     
  14. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    Lee Sklar.
     
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  15. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    JJ had to come up, such a don and only played with his index finger.
    Carmine Rojas is no surprise as Nile Rodgers did Bowies let's dance album.

    Always loved Norwood Fisher from Fishbone

    Recently saw Jon Lawhon from Black Stone Cherry, he keeps a nice line with good bass lines thrown in, I think he could easily groove
     
  16. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Brian Marshall of Creed and Alter Bridge. Serious groover.
     
  17. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Marcus Miller
     
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  18. Oldschool94

    Oldschool94

    Jan 9, 2015
    Not sure there is really such a distinction in reality since lots of slap players groove hard, but:

    Derrick Hodge
    Michael League
    Sean Hurley
    Ben Williams
    Paul Bender
    Tim Lefebvre
     
  19. Blueinred

    Blueinred

    Mar 12, 2009
    Greater Cincy
    Can't resist. On certain tunes, Jaco was the pocket, and the pocket was Jaco. "River People", "Come on, come over". Many others.
     
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  20. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Sharay Reed. Period. Jameson for the new generation
     

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