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The best blues bass guitar player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gus, Oct 15, 2002.


  1. gus

    gus

    Dec 31, 2001
    Madrid (Spain)
    Who´s the best blues bass guitar player of all the times?
     
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    That's very hard, but if I had to choose just one, I'd choose the late, great Willie Dixon. Besides playing acoustic bass, he wrote many of classic blues most enduring and well known songs. If there is such a thing as standards in blues, many would be Willie Dixon's creations. A CD featuring "The Best of" or "The Complete Willie Dixon" would be a must have CD in any serious blues bassist's collection.

    I have other favorite blues bassists...Roscoe Beck, Duck Dunn, Tommy Shannon to name a few, but Willie Dixon was the "grand daddy" of them all.
     
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Although he's not "hard blues" but more "blues rock", Tommy Shannon opened my mind up to some different ideas instead of the standard post-Robert Johnson I-IV-V progression.

    Tim Bogert's work with Cactus is another blues bass that shook me up, using chords to add "sour to the sweet."

    But without Willie Dixon, I wouldn't have really appreciated what Shannon and Bogert were building on.
     
  4. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    The "best"?
    No such thing-
    Lots of GREATplayers, present & past...
    Willie Weeks
    Orlando Wright
    Richard Cousins
    Mack Thompson
    Lot's more...
     
  5. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    For new school, Roscoe Beck?
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    <font size=7><b>Colin Hodgkinson</b></font size>
     
  7. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Barry Oakley.
     
  8. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I second that. Certainly the bouncinest. Check out BB King's Completely Well to hear Jemmott on some nice blues stuff.

    brad cook
     
  9. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    I like everybodys picks....and would like to add Johnny B Gaydon from Albert Collins and a ton of other Alligator recordings.......Johnny can funk up the blues:D
     
  10. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Jemmot is cool, but BB King's present bass player is no slouch either. He can play a walking bass line seemingly forever while King does one of his narratives.
     
  11. noel redding

    and now that i have discovered him duck dunn