Recomended players

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by count_funkula, Jun 7, 2001.

  1. I need some influences!

    I don't really have any particular bass players that I am influenced by. This is mainly because I don't know of any great bassists to listen to. I mean their are certain rock bassists that I like but their bass lines are usually pretty simple.

    Who are some of the greats?
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I believe you'll get many more replies in the "Bassists" forum so I'll escort you over there.
  3. Where to start? Geddy Lee, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Chris Squire, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, just to name a few.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Check out Chuck Rainey, a guy that can play R&B, Funk, Rock, Latin, & Jazz...all in one package. Rainey records to look for-
    The Royal Scam-Steely Dan
    Aja-Steely Dan
    Young, Gifted, & Black-Aretha Franklin

    A couple of other golden oldies that move between Rock-Jazz-R&B...
    1)Peter Cetera from Chicago(their first 3 albums are "essential" listening) ;)
    2)Jimmy Fielder from Blood, Sweat, & Tears(ditto on their first 3 albums..."Smiling Phases" from the 2nd album = badness!) ;)

    A couple of "current" guys-
    Oteil Burbridge(Aqaurium Rescue Unit, Frogwings, Allman Brotheres)
    Gary Willis(Tribal Tech & his SOLO cds...all 2 of 'em).
    Tom Kennedy(Dave Weckl's bassist).
  5. Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke are some huge, historical names that come to mind. Especially Jaco for changing the way people thought about what an electric bass can and can't do. He literally came from nowhere and changed the course of music. And IMHO, his stuff stands strong today.

    A current player I really like is Oteil Burbridge (like JimK mentioned). And Victor Wooten is also another current player you should check out. I like him as an all-round player, but he's really known for stretching the boundaries of the slap-technique and solo bass playing.

  6. scarecrow74


    Jun 1, 2001
    influence should come from the people that made you say "wow, that's what i want to do". alot of people are interested in virtuoso players and legends, which is good because those people deserve it. but to me it's any one that makes you proud and inspired to do what you. just my humble ramblings.
  7. Here are the ones i listen to:

    John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, II is a great bet)
    Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Check out Sgt Peppers)
    Flea (RHCP, Newer stuff is melodic, older is more "slap happy")
    Geddy Lee (Rush)
    John Entwistle (The Who)
    Adam Clayton (U2)
    Mike Mills (REM)
    Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  8. Incredible. Thing that is one of the first time I have seen BS&T mentioned on TB, that band ones one of the firsts that made me listen to music.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I've sang the praises of Fielder & BS&T HERE @TB for awhile(same for Chicago's early albums).
    Here's what usually occurs: I mention them & then-
    1)I kill the thread or,
    2)I get blown off(not literally). ;)

    I hadda refresh my memory so I checked out "Smiling Phases" after I typed it in...dammit, that tune kicks just a little ass. For the most part, the verses are in the Jamerson/Rainey/Jaco school of 1/16th note R&B-Funk; the tune then goes outta 4/4 & into a 6/8-tripletted feel...eventually, Fielder goes into a 4/4 swing over a couple of the soloists; AND, Fielder even takes a solo(sorta).
  10. Well either way it is nice to see another fan that noticed Jims perfection. The first disk I purchased was Greatest Hits because I heard "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" at a friends house. Blow away. Since then I picked up there first three and they are disk you can put in when any mood is present. Just extreme quality in the music.

    I have move love for BST than Chicago, still have not been able to figure out why, I like VIII even though the songs don't compare to the earlier songs. Again thier first couple of disks are great.
    CTA and II are must owns.
  11. Thirdstar


    Jun 7, 2001
    Houston Tx.
    Influences should at first put you in awe and then inspire you to want to make yourself a better bassist. I can credit one man with making me want to pick up a four string and that is Trip Wamsley. Hearing his album "Dancing about Architecture" truly amazed me. In truth, its all i listened to for about a year and a half.
    You should also check out Michael Manring. This guy just drops jaws wherever he goes and anyone who does solo bass.
    These guys have already mentioned just about every good starting point.
    Any prog rock usually has serious bass playing afoot.
    King Crimson from the 70's, Yes, Dream Theater, Rush, Marrilion. etc.
  12. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Back when i listened and learned alot of rock music i really liked dave ellfsan of megadeath! But its been years since ive listed to any of that stuff! Now i like dave mathews band Joh Scofield stuff!
  13. Barrett


    Apr 1, 2001
    Before Jaco there was Alfonso Johnson. I learned a lot listening to him. "Cucumber Slumber" is a great one to learn. It's on Weather Report's "Mysterious Traveler" LP. It's great music anyhow. In some ways I actually liked A. J.'s playing better that Jaco's. For the funkier-type things anyway.
    For technical challenge, I like Richard Davis. Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," with Elvin Jones, is a good one. I have that on "Elvin Jones- The Altantic Years."
    Roland Kirk's "The Inflated Tear" is a must-have record IMO, and "A Laugh For Rory" really rips on bass, tho' I don't remember who played it.
    Any Motown, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder...oh yeah, and Tower of Power. What was that bass player's name??? Sorry, can't remember.. "Back To Oakland" by them is good.
  14. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    BS&T rules. THeir first album blows me away every time... The way they kick into "Sunshine of Your Love"! Sweet! Jim's solo in that cut is not to be scoffed at either. However, here are my additions to the list of the must listen:

    Juan Nelson - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

    Anthony Jackson - He has played on many, many records. From "For the Love of Money" to his new work with Camillo.

    Jack Bruce - Cream and his solo projects.