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soul/R&b bassist that played fender jazz basses

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by casbonano, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. casbonano


    Aug 29, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    hey everyone,

    so i have always been a p-bass kinda guy but while looking for a bass i found this very special fender standard MIM jazz bass that's won my heart, mostly because of how well it feels in my hands, but now the sound is starting to grow on me. i can get some really great soul/r&b non-slap pop & funk tones out of it with my mxr di that come close to sounding like a p-bass while retaining its own identity all together.


    this got me to wondering if there were any big examples of bassist that played soul/r&b and non slap and pop funk on that would normally be attributed to a bassist on a p-bass, but on a jazz bass.

    the fabulous webernet only returns p-bassist.

    i was hoping i could draw from the knowledge of members here.

    anyone have a few names for me?

    thanks in advance to any and all who respond.
  2. Larry Graham
  3. Petethebassman


    Mar 7, 2008
    Jerry Jemmott
  4. getbent


    Aug 20, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Jerry Jemmont +1, like with King Curtis

    Bootsy Collins, with James Brown

    Verdine White, EW&F

    John Paul Jones (Lemon Song is as soul/R&B as it gets)
  5. Michael Henderson.
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    David Weston with James Brown.
  7. casbonano


    Aug 29, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Man! Really appreciate it everyone. A lot of these guys I've listened to before but had no clue what they were playing. Others I hadn't heard before and am discovering them for the first time. So thanks.
  8. I can guarantee you there are a ton more, too. I have memories of the 70's where it would seem most of the R+B,Funk/Disco bands bassits used a Jazz.
  9. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Jerry Jemmott has already been mentioned, but he's the first one who comes to mind.
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Louis Johnson-Brothers Johnson
  11. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Lemon song?

    Do you mean the song they stole from Howlin' Wolf?
    The one he had to sue them (and win) over to get his rights?

    That's 12 bar blues anyway.....
  12. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Didn't know that. He used a Precision and an Alembic before working with Music Man on the original StingRay. Later he used a Yamaha, and a Treker.

    I've never seen any photos nor read any interviews where he's ever mentioned a Jazz Bass.

  13. diglo

    diglo Supporting Member

    May 21, 2007
    Get up! Get Get Get Down!
    Mark Adams (Slave)
    Nate Phillips (Pleasure)
  14. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
  15. casbonano


    Aug 29, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    So far I'm lost in Jerry Jemmott. Man. He's grooving the hell out of that jazz bass with flats!
  16. James Jamerson, the original "Funk Brother".
  17. casbonano


    Aug 29, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    I thought Jamerson always played a stock P-bass, until that got stolen. Then he got another stock p-bass and played that until tht one got stolen. Then he died. Literally.
  18. Jamerson might have played a Jazz for a very short bit, but the majority of his work was done with a Precision, and that's what he's known for.
  19. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Before playing six string exclusively, Anthony Jackson did countless national level sessions on a Jazz body/Precision neck parts bass.
  20. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Joe Osborne