Recommendations on Bass Soloists and Jazz

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by squirrel, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. squirrel


    Jan 16, 2005

    Currently I am pretty much a punker and only listen to Punk/Ska and would like to get into some Jazz aswell as hearing some Bassists who do solo work. I'd appreciate it if anyone can recommend people that fit into this category. I'm thinking of looking for stuff that doesnt have vocals, is Slap/Funk the best to listen to? The only stuff I have heard is by Flea and old Jamiroquai stuff (Emergency on Planet Earth) which i enjoy.

    Thanks in advance,
    squirrel :D
  2. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    michael manring, steve lawson, mick karn, scott harlan, jaco pastorious, vic wooten, stanley clark, oteil burbridge....
  3. squirrel


    Jan 16, 2005
    Thanks, is Marcus Miller top notch at all?
  4. Marcus Miller is the MAN!!!!
    He has great tone, and you can hear that he´s got tons of attitude. Stay away from the records with David Sanborn. Get M2, Ozell tapes and The man with the horn.
  5. Andre_gt7


    Jan 4, 2005
    Atlanta - GA
    Marcus Miller has got the best tone in Jazz, Period.
  6. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I think MM is bordering the R&B/Funk genre, though he does play jazz.
  7. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    another guy i just thought of is wayman tisdale. friend of marcus miller.
  8. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Depends on what you mean by "jazz" and "solo" bassists.

    For "Classic" or "Traditional" jazz guys I think it's hard to beat Ray Brown, Ron Carter, people like that. Both have tones of recordings with all kinds of people. They play walking parts and solo.

    There are also "Solo" bass players that have been mentioned. They play without accompaniment, or maybe with a loop pedal, something like that.

    I wouldn't necessarily classify Marcus Miller in the same catagory as Ray Brown. Apples and oranges to me. There are also "contemporary" or "smooth jazz" guys like Jimmy Haslip who is a killer player, soloist, etc.
  9. guys you are forgetting Jimmy Haslip! He is a great soloist.

    So is Pattitucci, so is Jeff Berlin.
  10. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Great bassists who play with other musicians but have "solos"...

    Heck, I'm lazy, just look at my influences.
  11. Joe Beets

    Joe Beets Guest

    Nov 21, 2004
    Paul Chambers during the Miles Davis-John Coltrane years.
  12. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Matthew Garrison. Smokin' in group settings with others such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, and Steve Coleman. Amazing as a soloist, too.
  13. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
    Don't forget Marc Johnson - especially with Bill Evans Trio
  14. Andre_gt7


    Jan 4, 2005
    Atlanta - GA
    ooo cant Forget Bill "Buddha" Dickens ;-)
  15. I like charles mingus and dave holland. Jaco Pastorius is also highly l337. :)
  16. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Jaco Pastorius, Jonas Hellborg, Steve Lawson, Michael Manring. These could be some good places to start.

    Have a listen to the mp3's on Steve's site and if you hadn't noticed he has his own forum here with Michael Manring and they are both super helpful.

  17. chimp


    Dec 4, 2004
    South Africa
    Richard Bona is something special.
  18. Little G

    Little G

    Feb 27, 2003
    Matt Garrison
    Marcus Miller
    Steve Jenkins
    Peter Muller
    Chyco Simeon
    Bill Dickens
    Victor Wooten
    Jeff Berlin
    Jaco Patorius
    Steve Lawson
    Mike Manring
    Otiel Burbridge
    Laurence Cottle
    Richard Bona
    Paul Jackson
    Anthony Jackson
    David Dyson
    Melvin lee Davis
    Janek Gwizdala
    Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai)
    Julian Crampton (Incognito, Down To The Bone)

    Some not necessarily jazz but great solo bassists
  19. wyliee


    Jul 6, 2003
    South Hill, WA
    Do a search for Todd Johnson (

    He's a great six string soloist. (And a top notch instructor as well.) Todd uses a looper and MIDI pickup to do walking lines, solos and keys at the same time.

    HIGHLY recommend seeing him live. Also check out his CD with Kristin Korb.
  20. eric atkinson

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

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hmm i also enjoy deep banana blackouts live cds! But its not really trad. jazz. A really nice way to search this stuff out is go to and do a search on any of the people listed above then see what people that bought that cd bought. Also ya can listen to tid bits of songs from the cds. John Scofield is another player that always gets great bassist!