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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by fivesevenoh, Dec 21, 2003.
I was wondering if anyone could list some bassists with real mellow melodic material. thanks.
Chris Wolstenhome from Muse plays quite melodic although their music isn't always very mellow...
Jimmy Haslip plays with the Yellow Jackets, man his lines can be just amazing... Often his licks are so subtle but they fit so perfectly...
Jimmy "Flim" Johnson has great melodic instincts. Roberto Vally is another one. Haslip is probably the king, though.
Jaco's stuff with Joni Mitchell was pretty amazing. also check out Michael Manring's stuff with Michael Hedges. lovely.
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definitely Haslip!! Check out 'Four Corners', 'Politics', and 'The Spin' from the Yellowjackets.
Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters is pretty melodic. Checkout songs like "aurora" by the foo's or even "breakout".
I don't think that Tony Levin is really known for his melodic lines per se but when he does go melodic he plays some really beautiful stuff. One example are the breaks on King Crimson's Vroom Vroom. He plays some of the most graceful bass lines.
Stewart Zender from Jamiroqui is very creative and quite melodic at times. Like on "If I Like It I Just Do it"
Another good one is Carles Benevent, He is a very melodic pick style player. He's more Jazz or Flamenco.
Colin Moulding definitely. Great player. Also Mike Mills on the first two REM albums. Although considered "alternative" at the time, they're quite mellow compared to what's out there now. Remember, he was asked to play early Paul McCartney bass for the Backbeat film.
Jaco Pastorius was a very melodic and innovative bass player. Charlie Haden is also very melodic but he plays only (as far as I know) Upright Bass.
Not sure these players were in the genre you were asking for though ...
Paul McCartney... He had meny melodic bass lines
Gotta be Victor Wooten... bass as solo instrument.
Mayhem´s Necrobuthcer is a sure pick, bet you love his playing.
And merry christmas!
I'll second that!!!
I haven't heard of them... I'll have to check them out. That's why I love TB