Prog Wars : which bass player ?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Laudou, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Laudou


    Mar 25, 2012
    As a big fan of classic 70s prog : I just want to know which bass player/band do you like the most ?

    Imao, it is Yes, and Chris Squire. His technique is really unique.

    How about you ?
  2. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    ray schulman
    fender p
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  3. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    Pete Trewavas from Marillion was pretty good though not often mentioned.
  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Greg Lake, Fender Jazz

    Though ELP isn't my alltime favorite. King Crimson, yes... But he also played in that band but I dunno if on a jazz.
  5. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    Jon Camp, Renaissance (Ric) and Dave Hope, Kansas (P-Bass)
  6. Lester87


    Jan 18, 2013
    The Netherlands
    John Wetton, one of the best P tones in rock.
  7. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009

    Brilliant P bass tone on their records, really clever bass lines on music that is more complex than Yes's output for sure. :hyper:
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  8. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Chris Squire was certainly the most influential for me as a young bassist and prog fan...and to this day I think the parts he played on those 1970s Yes tunes are archetypes of what a unique individual with a huge vision and unbound by convention can do with a bass.

    But Schulman, Camp, and Wetton are also way up high on my list of favorite bass players.
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  9. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Geddy. Maybe Rush is a little more mainstream that some of the mentioned bands, but he's a killer player.
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  10. jphovercraft


    Oct 21, 2012
  11. Laudou


    Mar 25, 2012
    I believe also that Mike Rutherford on *luthier* ric is an excellent player, esen if he was so kind of shy... I mean, not as powerful as Geddy, or Chris !
  12. zfunkman


    Dec 18, 2012
    Yes, Chris Squire . . . and . . . Gedy Lee right behind him.
  13. Don Tony

    Don Tony

    Mar 30, 2008
    Doylestown Pa Via Brooklyn NY
    Endorsing Artist: Epiphone,Hughes & Kettner & DiMarzio pickups
    Ray Shulman of "Gentle Giant" is AWESOME!! He also plays trumpet, violin, viola, drums, percussion, recorder and guitar.
    Jonas Reingold of the Neo Classic Prog Band "The Flower Kings" is outstanding.
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  14. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    +1 to Jonas Reingold! Never knew his name thanks :hyper:
  15. rmcfee


    Jul 5, 2012
    Ray Bennett was the killer bassist from Flash. Anyone know what he's doing now?
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I'll take any from this group ...

    Chris Squire
    Greg Lake
    John Wetton
    Tony Levin
    Geddy Lee
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  17. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Gary Weinrib
  18. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    It's so funny that it didn't even occur to me to mention Levin, even though he's one of my favorite bassists, and even though he's become almost exclusively a prog-rock player in the last 10 years...or 20 years...or 30 years...

    I suppose the difference is that guys like Chris Squire and Ray Schulman and Geddy Lee and Jon Camp etc etc etc essentially did nothing but prog over the entirety of their's almost like that's all they could do, because they have such an idiosyncratic skillset.

    Whereas Tony Levin seemed to come to it from a totally different direction: He's a schooled musician who immersed himself in Classical/symphonic work and Jazz before becoming a triple-scale session musician...and only after becoming fairly well established did he seem to gravitate towards prog-rock.

    It's like Levin plays prog by choice; the other guys had no choice.

    I'll probably get flamed for that. :bag:
  19. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    well ray schulman, had soem training in classical violin. he played guitar in the band before GG. later he has become a composer/producer i think. Id say the GG arrangements are so demanding that if you can play and compose stuff like that, you can pretty much do anything..
  20. John Lodge of The Moody Blues.