The elites - who are they?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Suckbird, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    I hear people talk about the "elites" of bassists and i guess they mean the bassists with best technique, so who are they?

    Stu hamm, Wooten, Miller, Pastorious?

    Or would you count steve harris, Butler, Geddy etc.. as the elite also?
  2. basstard1


    Mar 12, 2005
    Stanley Clarke
    Paul Mcartney
    Cliff Burton

    Jaco Pastorius
    Les Caypool
    Jhon Entwistle

    These bass players are 'elites' because each one is completely original. Players like steve bailey and victor wooten are as good, if not better technically then these players. But, listen to wooten, then Clarke. What about Bailey then Pastorius. Hear a difference?
  3. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Anyone who makes you play better?
  4. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    OK here goes , I appreciate pauls playing and love his writing, but I think if your going to talk about ELITE bass players, that should imply serious technical prowess and creativity. So here's my Top Ten Elites in no particular order, electric only, although some play both, my upright list would be different:
    Jaco Pastorious
    Stainly Clarke
    James Jamerson
    Chris Squire
    Anthony Jackson
    Geddy Lee
    John Pattituci
    Rocco Prestia
    Marcus Miller
    Victor Wooten

    I know theres plenty of other great players, but too me they have to have impact beyond bass playing , They need to have started trends that end up in pop music somewhere, and they have to be bass players first, technical showman second. They also have to have a track record, they can't be just the flavor of the mounth. These are not necessarily my favorite players, just the ones I would call ELITE
  5. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I agree with your list but I think adding guys like Paul Jackson (maybe cause he doesn't play much anymore -- doesn't qualify?) or Jeff Berlin (he really should qualify in a group like this regardless of playing style or preference) and Billy Sheehan -- would round out my own personal list.

    The thing is, if they seem like one of the best players in any given category of music, they are 'elite'.
  6. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Lars K Norberg
  7. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
  8. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    C'mon! Is this serious? Is "ELITE" a good concept to be connected to any form of art?


    P/S: If so, add Mark King for originality!
  9. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    There are a whole bunch of players with more than enough technique to make great music. What's the point of narrowing it down any more than that?

  10. has anyone mentioned Adam Nitti, Scott Hubbell, or Byron Santo?
  11. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Aren't they those tough to kill invisible energy sword wielding dudes in Halo?
  12. bass555


    Mar 16, 2005
    James Jamerson
    Paul Mcartney
    Stanley Clarke
    Geddy Lee
    Billy Sheehan
  13. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Paul Mcartney?

    Technical skills?
  14. how about Yves Carbonne?
  15. Nemesis


    Apr 24, 2005
    Any bass players who makes you wish to play the instrument?

    (On Sunday, I saw Chris Minh Doky with Mike Stern. Now, I thinking about ways to get enough money for an upright)
  16. vic wooten
    stanley clarke
    mark king
    stu zender
    les claypool
    roger innes
  17. louelou


    Apr 20, 2005
  18. snake


    Jul 21, 2004
    Aurora. CO
    Tim Bogert
    Paul McCartney
    John Entwhistle
    Mel Schacter
  19. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    No not the East Coast Leftest Liberal Elites!, The bass playing ones!