Okay, how about most versitile bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Candiria, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. I would say Michael Macivor from candiria,someone download "instruvise statements" and keep in mind this is a primarily hardcore band...

    Everyone elses opinion?
  2. I would have to say three players, P-nut, Les Claypool and Dorian 27.
  3. who else?!?!

    Jaco Pastorius
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Anthony Jackson.
    Close 2nd is Will Lee.
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    What about TL? jaco was pretty versatile too.
  6. Tony Levin...Jeff Ament...Les Claypool...Chuck Rayney...myself :) (hey, how many people do you know that have three gigs in one day, classic rock, punk/ska and Chasidic Pop???)
  7. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Tony Levin is my personal favorite....but I have to also mention Jeff Berlin.
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'd have to also go with Vic (Wooten & Bailey), Les Claypool, and Otiel Burbridge.
  9. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
  10. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Rock, blues, big band, punk, jazz, punk jazz... he is versatile alright, and gets my vote too. But a lot of the modern players like John Pattitucci, Victor Wooten etc. all cross boundaries into classical music and other genres. Some like Michael Manring don't fit into a genre.
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I thought the question was "most diverse"? How the heck can you say Dorian 27? The guy plays in one band in one style!

    I'd go with Tony Levin and Chuck Rainey amongst the previously mentioned. Levin has done everything from folkie singer/songwriters to prog rock and fusion, while Rainey has done jazz, soul, rock and roll, etc. But what would you expect, these guys were studio cats for years and had to be able to adapt.

    I'd also toss in string bassist Richard Davis, who has played classical, jazz and rock over the years.

    Honorable mention to Jack Bruce who has managed to work in blues, rock, jazz and Latin contexts.
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Good picks,(Tony Levin too!!) I would add Bill Dickens and Marcus Miller (one look at these guys studio credits convinced me.)
  13. Jerry Scheff. He's recorded for people as Diverse as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and The Doors, in styles fom Jazz to Blues, Rock, Folk, Country, etc.
    Great versatile player!
  14. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    We know Jaco and Prince was/is great composers, writers, arrangers, producers, and played about 8 intruments each...........VERY WELL! Marcus produces, writes, arranges, and plays a pretty mean clarinet too. Who else goes into this catagory? I'm not talking about bassists that also play guitar, I'm talking about bassists who are the TOTAL package. I'd have to give Lenny Kravitz a shout, too. Also, an excuse to post a picture of one of my bass heroes! :cool:
  15. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    I think you could put Mingus into that catagory, um...Les Claypool, man I'm going blank here....let me get back to you on this!
  16. i was waiting for that...:D
  17. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    In the category of one-person bands, I'd also include Sting, Mark King, Sean Ono Lennon, Me'shell N'degeocello and Sheryl Crow. King and Lennon deserve special mention; they're the only bassists I know besides Prince and Kravitz that play drums (decently).
  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Believe it, or not, Bootsy played drums on Parliament/Funkadelic's biggest hits.
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...actually, there's quite a few bassists out there that started as drummers-

    Others that play drums & bass(at least as well as Prince & Kravitz) - ;)
    Oteil Burbridge
    Charlie Drayton
    Paul McCartney(ya don't think that was Ringo on the late Beatles' stuff...or do you?). ;)

    Most(if not all)of the Latin-influenced bassists are "percussion"-first kinda guys, too.
  20. I couldnt help myself :D