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One Bass Player You Think Is Underrated?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Funk$tar, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Hey TB People!

    I wanted to know if any of you out there know of a bass player you think is underrated and deserves more credit than he/she gets!

    For me, I believe Tracy Wormworth of the Waitresses is a very underrated bass player! A big influence being the fact I'm black and a women and I just don't see many women like that up on stage or women of any color at all getting credit! She is one hell of a bass player and an awesome one at that!

    And Just for a little bonus there is also a VERY VERY underrated player by the name of Joe Dworniak who played for an English Funk group called," I Level." They had a hit back in 82'or 83' called,"Give Me." Great song but the greatest part was the bass line, PLEASE check it out, such an awesome player!


    Thanks And Please Comment!
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
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  2. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    You're gonna need a serious rethink on the first half of this then. ;)

    These never end well. :)
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  3. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Haha I think your right :thumbsup:
    I changed it up a bit if you can tell haha
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Here's a guy you've probably never heard of. Charles Calmese. He played bass on James Cotton's "High Energy" album, and probably others, but that's the only album I have with him on it, and I've otherwise never even heard him mentioned. The bass playing on this album isn't groundbreaking, but the groove is insanely deep. So he's underrated for sure. The music is funky blues and r'n'b.

    Completely different genre. Still talking underrated here. There's an 80s-era punk band called The Zero Boys, and they had a bassist named (IIRC) David "Tufty" Clough. Check out their album "Civilization's Dying" and prepare for some of the best punk bass playing ever.

    Overrated? Me. I get a lot of compliments, because I play in a band that builds the songs starting (mainly) with the bass parts. So of course I'm playing interesting stuff. Does that make me a great bass player in any traditional sense? Not really. Yes, I can play meat-and-potatoes bass, but I would describe myself as merely average in that role.
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  5. I'm probably going to end up in black bag for this but . . . I think McCartney is slightly overrated :bag: not that I don't love him or his stuff, maybe I just don't get him (or rather his followers :help: ); someone underrated? Hmmm, I'll give it to whoever this guy is laying it down
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  6. samson3382


    Apr 26, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    Juan Nelson, and Eric Wilson.
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  7. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Man your not alone! I respect McCartney but I think many people part of the bass community praise him a little too much when there are so many other players that deserve the credit!
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  8. How is underrated defined? Does that mean a monster player that nobody's ever heard, or a monster player that doesn't play like a monster, or a guy that does something simple insanely well and goes unnoticed for it? For a guy who's underrated because he rarely played to his ability due to the band he was in, I'd suggest Michael Anthony. He's a much more accomplished musician than Van Halen allowed him to show.
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Ron Benjamin of Midnite
  10. I suppose, theoretically, you could have a player that fits all 3 of those definitions.
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, although they are only really Canadian famous.
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  12. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Deoindra I remember Tracy, "boys like me" lol, (I'm old) but as for women not getting their props I think that there are women bassists who have captured the limelight such as Rhonda Smith, Esperanza Spalding, the woman playing for Beyoncé, the woman playing for Prince, Starr Cullers with P-Funk, Gail Ann Dorsey, Bikki Johnson and lots more I'm forgetting (I'm old) lol lol lol. I'm sure someone will chime in on the names of others, oh oh, Paz and Tal better not forget them...someone please fill in the blanks for me hahahaha
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  13. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    Erick Coomes

    If you don't know who he is, you better ask somebody.
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  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Those of us along the Northern border appreciate the Tragically Hip. They usually stop in GR on their way from Toronto to Chicago.

    If we are going with great players no one has ever heard of for geographical reasons, I'll nominate Javier Malosetti.

  15. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I'm holding that big black bag - Please jump in...
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  16. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Almost everyday I put on a CD with a bassist I think is underrated, todays edition: Kurt Reeber from the Motet. Tracy also sounded great with Sting.
  17. cbrophy


    Nov 11, 2009
    Central MA.
    Graham Maby...longtime bassist with Joe Jackson.
  18. digmeout


    Oct 21, 2012
  19. hhirbe


    Mar 30, 2012
    Athens, Ohio
    Tony Sales. He and his brother Hunt were the rhythm section on the Iggy Pop record Lust For Life, and later were Bowie's Tin Machine. Super solid, great stuff.
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  20. hhirbe


    Mar 30, 2012
    Athens, Ohio
    Tony Sales. He and his brother Hunt were the rhythm section on the Iggy Pop record Lust For Life, and later were Bowie's Tin Machine. Super solid, great stuff.
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