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Most "tasteful" bassists for their music?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by cronker, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm a huge fan of Geddy Lee and Rush in general, but sometimes I feel he overplays (hmm, most times really).
    I like it when a good player just knows how to 'sit' in the song.
    I have tried in my whole career to be "tasteful" and not flashy.
    Who do you regard highly in this?

    Myself? I like John Paul Jones (always spot on with note choice)
  2. Reid Anderson - The Bad Plus
    Tim Lefebvre
  3. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
  4. ransombass


    Dec 16, 2008
    Tulsa, Ok

    Nobody better at this than Pino. I also like George Porter Jr and Willie Weeks for the same reason.
  5. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm also feeling it with the session guys, always in the pocket?
  6. jetbike


    Apr 2, 2011
    Sydney, 'Straya
    Billy Sheehan......Bwah, ha, ha!

    I must say I'm fond of Juan Alderete. He's obviously an amazing player, but in the chaos of The Mars Volta seems to hold it all together.
  7. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Tony Levin with Peter Gabriel, the very definition of tastefulness, imho.
  8. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
    actually, Billy is tasteful. go back and listen to a lot of stuff he's done...90% of the time, he's usually playing right with the kick drum.
  9. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
  10. Inverse Kinetix

    Inverse Kinetix

    Jul 12, 2012
    anthony jackson

  11. Duff McKagan. Especially because he came from an era where most 80s rock bassists just rode the root note forever. I might just have the "Appetite" (double pun intended) but his lines are super tasty to me.
  12. Emilym80


    Sep 15, 2011
    I think as far as Rush's music goes, Geddy plays pretty much what it calls for. I think, though it'd be overplaying for most groups/music, his lines in Hemispheres are perfect, despite being really busy. That said, IMO when he tries to play simpler lines he isn't too good at making simple lines interesting- I think Pino is one of the most tasteful players for whatever the music calls for and can make something simple really beautiful, expressive and tasteful. I think Rocco Prestia is another player who plays for the music, as well as Mick Rutherford from Genesis and John Deacon from Queen. Especially John Deacon in my opinion.
  13. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    I really enjoy the work of John Deacon from Queen
  14. Roger Waters. He's a great example of what you're talking about, IMO.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Chuck Rainey
    Willie Weeks
    Will Lee
    Gary King
    Anthony Jackson
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    You guys have heard Pino's 80s stuff with Go West & Paul Young, right? Pretty busy...I have seen a few Pino threads around here: Almost 2 camps...those relatively new who like Pino's "simple" Nu-Groove/rhythms & those who prefer the '80s fretless busy grooves/melodicism.

    Agree...it's a 3-piece group playing some intricate material...especially live, they would need to stretch & embellish & fill up the air.

    Again...check out Pino's '80s Go West material.
  17. Rockbassist4


    Oct 13, 2012
    James Jamerson

    John Deacon

    Adam Clayton
  18. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    JimK already mentioned him.

    Willie Weeks is a good one!

    Stu Cook (CCR) one of my favorites.
    Bob Babbit
    Bob Glaub
    Jerry Schiff (Doors, Elvis many top 40s hits 60s & 70s)
    Carol Kaye
    Tim Drummond (Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan and many others)

    Actually, a long list of many excellent bass players "that do the job correctly" of being a "real bassist"! But there's not much glory for them because slapping and over play is what draws attention. Soloist bass players. Front men bassists.

    Lots of dead bass players in your catagory.

    James Jamerson
    Duck Dunn
  19. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Final comment......................

    Geddy Lee is in a power trio band so he has to over play the bass to fill in space. Kind of like John Entwhistle of The Who, who during live shows not only played bass but also sort of a lead guitar since Pete was doing mostly power chords and chord note picking.

    I like how Geddy uses notes from common major and minor scales for ascends and descends for chord changes, much like jazz players use walking bass lines.
  20. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    To me one that stands out on electric is Tony Levin.