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Tone, Tone, Tone...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stewmc5222, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Whose sound just blows your mind?

    Here are some of my favorites:

    Steuart Liebig
    Mick Karn
    Anthony Jackson
    JohnPaul Jones
    Mark King
    Larry Graham, Jr.
    Tom Kennedy

    Percy Jones gets points, too, 'cause he's so easily recognizble.

    how about you cats and why?

    from the lows,

  2. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    One man, many great tones: Tony Levin.
  3. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Baghiti Khumalo (of Paul Simon fame) - Best fretless tone I can imagine.
    Les Claypool - some may argue, but I actually really dig his overly midrangy tone.
    Reed Mathis - Just cause he does so much weird stuff with his effects. Its neat to see someone pull something different out of an old standard bass.
    Taylor Propp (Meteorite) - His Ken Smith sounds so nice hehe

    Just a few hehe...
  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Pino Palladino-fretless MM, or P-bass-flats.
    Jack Bruce farty gibson-Cream
    Jonas Hellborg ABG-The Word-
    Steve Swallow-metal pick- 5-string-High C.
  5. great nominations. I don't know Reed Mathis and Taylor Propp, though. are there samples of their playing online?
  6. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Sure, actually Stew, Ill send you a PM, since the link Im giving isnt for the general public (as I have a lot of copyrighted material on there that I dont want made available).

    I'll go ahead and add one more...

    Aaron Bellamy on Alan Evans' (drummer for Soulive) album, Let It Ride, has a really sweet tone. Deffinantly an album worth picking up if you dig the funk and jazz jam type stuff.

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    Some of my personal favs:

    Juan Nelson (my new "main homie")
    Louis Johnson
    Terrance Parker (Fred Hammond's bassist)
  8. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Ahh I forgot "the Man" Juan Nelson, good call :)

    Check the "Who the hell is..." thread if you havent yet. I posted some live stuff in there you might be interested in.
  9. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    The bassplayer from Graceland by Paul Simon, superb tone.
  10. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    See my first post hehe - Baghiti Khumalo (don't feel bad, with a name like that I can never remember it and always have to look it up before posting hehe.)
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Great thread Stew!

    for me...

    Tyrone Brown (on the live Grover Washington Jr disc)
    George Porter Jr, any day, any time
    Lucky Scott (on Curtis Mayfield's "Curtis Live!")

    Tony Levin
    Anthony Jackson

    Many more....
  12. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Matt Garrison, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Mike Pope...hmmm I see a trend. ;)

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    A TERRIFIC thread!!!!!... I would have never heard about Juan if it wasn't for Juneau's update. Y'all should really check this guy out!!! :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:
  14. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Off the top of my head, I love John Patitucci's tone (with his old Smith BT6C) on his first self-titled record. Probably my all time favorite sound.

    Additionally, I like Jimmy Haslip's tone (Red Heat...think that was the MTD), Avishai Cohen's wicked 70's jazz bass sound on "Lyla", and some I probably forgot...Gary Wills, Ed Friedland's piccolo bass, etc.

    Not a big Victor Wooten guy but he's got a pretty sweet tone too!
  15. looking forward to it, man!

    thanks for all the replies, cats! I'm really into the names I don't know yet: new stuff to check out!

  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Chuck Rainey


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    For me today, it's:

    Doug Pinnick of King's X.
    Percy Jones
    Mick Karn
    Billy Sheehan
    Steve Swallow
    Anthony Jackson
    John Taylor
    Geddy Lee
  18. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    yo Juneau, Are you talking about this cat?

    Never realized he had made it big...That is completely news to me! I used to jam with him (he dbls on gtr, killer player) when I was living in Boston. His older brother Luke is a badass drummer, very much like Alan Evans... Except a scary looking cat when he plays.

    The oldest brother Joe went to UMASS with me long long ago....

    Man, it's a small world.
  19. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Well the pic doesn't work, and 2ndly I have no idea what he looks like, but he sounds damn good hehe.

    And I don't know about how "big" they are, as no one I know even knows who Im talking about hehe, but he's big with me anyhow lol :)

    Im a big soulive fan, and got Alan's album as soon as it came out and actually like his solo stuff just as well or better than soulive hehe.

    EDIT - Looks like he is one and the same: http://aaronbellamy.com/page/a1.html
  20. then you probably know Sam Kininger who plays sax for Soulive sometimes. he came out with us on the last Brotherhood of Groove tour and we got to hang a ton. the bass playing on his album is awesome, both tonally and in terms of the groove playing. real funk!

    from them lows,