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Need some Fretless recordings!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I want some more albums that have a fretless bass on every song of the album. All I pretty much know of are Jaco's stuff and Tribal Tech (Gary Willis).

    I heard some Steve Digiorgio yesterday, but didn't care too much for his work with Sadus, but I liked his stuff with Dark Hall, a jazz album. It doesn't have to only be Jazz. I was hopeful in the metal recordings of Steve, but most of what I heard was like 80's thrash metal, which I am not a huge fan of. I do like it sometimes, but am very picky, and wasn't too moved with what I heard yesterday. But I do like Metallica and Tool, as well as most rock, jazz, and blues.


  2. For a really unique fretless voice, listen to Mick Karn's work. I read a review once that said he sounded "like he learned to play on another planet". (He was in a sort of experimental-new-wave band called Japan in the 80s, and did a remarkable album with Peter Murphy under the name Dalis Car, which really showcases the fretless bass as a melodic instrument. It sounds sort of dated now, but also quite unlike anything else.)

  3. Dogsferatu


    May 22, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Karn's is fantastic! I would also listen to Tony Franklin (The Firm, David Gilmour, etc) Then of course Tony Levin and Jack Bruce!
  4. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Look up Cynic, Exivious as well for some badass fretless playing. Love playing me some Cynic covers.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Check out Brand X. Percy Jones is a highly respected fretless pioneer.
  6. Dogfish


    May 15, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Check out Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians. The bass player's name is Andy Metcalfe. He does not play on most of Robyn's solo stuff. Amazing player.
  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Paul Simon's Graceland is chock full of tasty fretless courtesy of Bakithi Khumalo.
  8. Check out: "Tom Hoven in liquid chaos" (Amazon, iTunes, etc.).
    Every track is a fretless.

  9. dave2


    Feb 10, 2007
    Steve Bailey on 6 string fretless is an incredible musician!
  10. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Les Claypool for electric fretless..

    All upright bass is fretless and their is a ton of material to learn in the jazz catalog
  11. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    Rob Pagliari with OHM. Ripping instrumental rock.
  12. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Alain Caron with UZEB and Le Band, also Bunny Brunel with Cab. They don't always play fretless, but they're smoking on it when they do!
  13. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Good example of Percy Jones in action:

  14. Give a listen to this, and if you like search out more of his stuff. I think it's incredibly simple yet tasteful fretless playing. Lots of heart.

    Listen at least up till a chorus :) .

    Love the lyrics in this song too. I find myself singing it to myself often.

  15. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
    Wrong link?
  16. oops. fixed. I meant this

    feel like I got caught cheating on learning some mandolin parts. that slip could have been way worse. :)
  17. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    Pino raised the bar on 2 Paul Young records.
    Percy is to this day as distinct of a voice as it gets.
  18. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    "Takin' My Time" and "Give It Up" by Bonnie Raitt. These are from 1973 and 1972 respectively. Freebo was my first exposure to fretless bass. He gets a great funky tone, and his pitch control is awesome. Often you only know he's playing fretless when he let's you know by smearing a note or sliding . Dig his funky approach on "You've Been In Love Too Long" and his heart-breakingly beautiful accompaniment on "Too Long At The Fair".

  19. bassthumpersf


    May 30, 2010
    Anything by Big Sir.