Unsung Hero's

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Chopper, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Hi Folks ol chopper here! Im new to talk bass, and just getting started with learning the forum system. I would realy like to know some of your favorite unsung hero's that have influenced you all.Guys Like Jimmy Haslip, Dave Larue,Doug Pinnock and other guys you dont hear of a thousand times a day. As you can see Im no English major Put I give it hell !

    God Bless You All !

    Here is a pic of some of my gear !
  2. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    Welcome! I like to watch my old John Pattituci video. He can play some good bass! Many other players, but there are too many to list. Have fun on Talkbass!:)

  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey chopper

    welcome to talkbass. :) this topic is more appropriate for "bassists" forum. i'll move it there presently.
  4. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000

    i would probably say Chuck Rainy...he NEVER gets enough respect!
  5. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I know I mention this man at every opportunity, but Colin Hodgkinson is one of the most tragically underrated electric bassists ever. He's been a huge influence on the likes of Stanley Clarke, Jonas Hellborg, Les Claypool and Flea. 'Back Door' by Back Door is a catalogue of modern bass technique.


    In the same way that Jimmy Hendrix seemingly came from nowhere and showed the world that there was in fact a whole new way to play a guitar, Colin Hodgkinson has done just that with the four-string bass model. Hodgkinson is the complete bassman. The first person who has liberated the bass player from his accepted role as subservient accompanist. With just two hands and one Fender bass, Hodgkinson takes on the almost impossible role of lead, rhythm and bass player all at the same time and without over-dubs, I doubt if anyone thought such a feat was possible. - Roy Carr, New Musical Express, April 1973

    Hodgkinson simply advances electric bass playing from the Model T stage to the XKE Jag stage. I could drivel on about Hodgkinson for another eight paragraphs, but it's easier just to say that this man is what the Fender bass guitar has been waiting for these last 20 years. Check out his miraculous "Catcote Rag". In fact, most of the time he sounds like two bassists, a guitarist and a set of organ pedals. - New Musical Express
  6. Hey John thanks for the help! Nice Conklins!!!


    Unsung Hero's:D :D :D
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Andy Rourke - The Smiths
    Colin Moulding - XTC
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Welcome to talk bass Chopper

    John Patitucci is just one of a few of mine
  9. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Doug Stegmeyer. He played with Billy Joel for about 15 years and also recorded with Hall & Oates, Graham Parker and the Carpenters, among others. For Exhibit A I submit Joel's Turnstiles album, essentially recorded as a trio, Joel, Doug and Liberty DeVitto with Rich Cannatta adding woodwind solos. There's guitar on some cuts, but no solos. Check out the balad "James", which is essentially a keyboard/fretless duet.

    Doug also had one of the coolest basses, P-body with the standard P-pickup plus a Tele II 'bucker at the neck and a Jazz p'up at the bridge!

    Tragically, doug took his life a few years back, but by all means check out his work. Very tasteful.
  10. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    I'll second the Andy Rourke, and add John Wetton. I'm only familiar with his playing in King Crimson, but oh man. He was a beast with that thing.

    I've never heard of Colin Hodgkinson - I'll have to check that out.
  11. stephanie


    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    I've gotta say Patrick Dahlheimer, from the band Live. Now I will admit he may not be the best bass player in the world, but it's his passion in music that really touches me. I wouldn't openly admit this in a Live forum, but I do get the feeling sometimes the band is holding him back. I think he can be a great solo bassist, he's told me he has some stuff of his own. Not that I'd want him to leave the band...heh...but I don't think he gets the attention he should.

    The topic here is heroes and it's not just his bass playing that would make him such. I enjoy his wit, and his unique personality and sensitivity, his love for his family and he's an all-around sweet soul. All this uniqueness and passion...it all shows in his playing of course.

    Hmmm.....I feel a Bette Midler song coming on... :D
  12. oooh.... this one may get me smacked but,

    Michael Anthony! (he says while ducking)
  13. Thanks folks for all the reply's. I realy enjoyed your input.This is a way to diversify ones listening enjoyment to hear what others like to hear. It allows us to capture ideals in bass playing that may help us develope more chops. Remember Variety is the spice of bass playing !:D

    Thanks again.
  14. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    the bassplayer for Who. im sorry i forgot his name but i think he is a great bass player. peace.

  15. :eek: :eek: That would be one of my alltime fav. bassplayers!!! John Entwhistle a.k.a. The Ox.
    Go to his website www.johnentwhistle.com and you can download a few video clips of him/his band in action.The dude is lightning on the bass!!!

    That said....You will immeadiatley report to Punishment Centre No.701A to serve your sentence in the Pain Amplification Unit.It is hearby ordained.

    In other words...."Balif,whack his peepee!!!" :D :p
  16. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    yes John Entwhistle, damn my bad...sorry about that all you who fans. i saw him on a VH1 behind the sceens show and he was playing by himself and it sounded ao pure, full and beatiful. A quick one while he's away.
  17. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Gary Thain
    Martin Turner
    Rob Grange
    Andy Fraser
    Dennis Dunaway
    Peter Cruickshank
  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    As for as bass, Prince. People still don't realize how great a bassist he is. Drums: Bootsy. Excellent drummer.
    JJ Brunell (Stranglers), Andrew Levy (BNH), Randy Hope-Taylor (Incognito) Gail Dorsey (Bowie)
  19. Ozz

    Ozz Guest

    Nov 2, 2001
    suburb of dallas, tx
    Hi everyone!

    I've been browsing along for a while now and just decided to stop watching and start participating.

    My vote for unsung heros: Dominique Di Piazza
  20. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Hi Ozz!

    Welcome to Talkbass!

    Great first post!

    I saw Dominique in John McLaughlin's Trio with Trilok Gurtu.
    I sat 2 metres away from them and he ripped it like nobody else I've seen like so far.