Most Interesting Bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Felix Riley, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

    Aug 2, 2013
    As the title suggests, which bassist do you find to have interesting phrasing, technique, sound, etc. that really makes them stick out to you. Any and all genres are accepted, and please don't turn this into a flame war. My personal list is:
    Jaco (obviously)
    Dan Briggs - BTBAM
    Mark Sandman - Morphine
    Justin Chancellor - Tool
    Scott LaFaro - Bill Evans Trio
    Tal Wilkenfield
    Pino Palladino
    Joe Lester - Intronaut
    Dominic Lapointe - Beyond Creation, Augury
    Steve Digiorgio
  2. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010
    Frank Zappa gave Scott Thunes carte blanche on the 1984 and (especially) 1988 tours, and Scott's playing, especially while Frank was soloing, is just about the most interesting bass playing i've ever heard.

    I still catch new details in recordings i've listened to 100 times.
  3. Love zappa. do you have a certain 1984/1988 live album you listen too?
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  4. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    Mick Karn.
  5. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010

    For 1984, i listen to the "Guitar" album, and some live boots i from that tour.
    For 1988, "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life" is the one i listen to the most.
    I really need to give "Make A Jazz Noise Here" another shot- i didn't listen to it that much when it first came out.

    Also, the guitar solos on "Trance Fusion" have some SPECTACULAR accompaniment from Scott.
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  6. Kamrin


    Jun 4, 2014
    Les Claypool for sure
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  7. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do?

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    the simplicity that Carl Radle used to support the music is really driving where I am at right now.
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  8. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011

    yeah, this guy jams!!!
  9. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
  10. Awesome man. Have listened to trance fusion many times.. Great bass from Scott...Can't wait to hear those others
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  11. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Evan Marien
  12. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010

    If you haven't seen it, check out the video "Does Humor Belong In Music?" to see Scott in action with the 1984 band.
    • Keith Ferguson
    • Bob Babbitt
    • Tommy Cogbill
    • Jerry Jemmott
    • Billy Cox
    • and, of course, Mr Donald Duck Dunn
    All of them are experts at creating very memorable basslines (in simple 3 chord songs) that drive a song forward without unnecessary complexities, they are all particularly adept at avoiding the habit of adding 1/16th note syncopation just for the sake of adding 1/16th note syncopation. ( a little of that goes a long way, a lot of it sounds like poo - nothing worse than guys who can't play a walking bass part without stuttering rhythms every other quarter note.) Listen to Paul Chambers on any late 50's Blue Note recording - he had more chops than any R&B player yet when it was time to walk, he walked - he didn't skip, dance, prance and otherwise draw attention to himself.
  13. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    look at this kid! wow
  14. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    He's got most of it down, weird to me that he's missing the artificial harmonic part of the main phrase.
  15. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I like these innovative Rock guys:

    Chris Squire

    John Paul Jones

    The Ox

    Geezer Butler