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What do Cliff Burton, Carol Kaye, and Robert Trujillo have in common?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Road Hat, May 24, 2018.

  1. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    I was looking for some sheet music the other day, and keyed the words 'bass player' into the search engine. This was the first thing that popped up. I thought it was cool and wanted to share. I love them all and their music, so *please* no bashing/who's best/etc...

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  2. richntiff

    richntiff Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern Wisconsin
    Damn.... and I was going to say ‘they are all bassists’.
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  3. They all like Jaco?
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  4. I didn't know Carol Kay had been a member of Metallica...
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  5. I was about to say the long hair but, actually, Cliff and Robert have longer hair than her
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  6. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Winner! Jaco was a big influence for both Cliff and Robert, and Carol taught Jaco.

    Also, internet irony that the first and last bassists from a band that has sold 125 million albums bookend the bassist who played in over 10,000 sessions.
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  7. BlueP


    Jan 29, 2017
    Who’s best / etc out of those 3,

    Ok .... so here goes in me taking the bait ....

    RT because he has flamenco in his veins .. in my mind , his hands and enormousness to translate onto bass is freakish
  8. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Yes, this too. After decades of debate (bass player vs electric bass player vs bass guitar player, etc.) they are all referred to as ‘bassists’.

    Edit- Wikipedia: A bassist is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone.

    (Sound of Cliff rolling over in his grave)
    Last edited: May 24, 2018
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  9. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I just figured that she actually played most of the cuts that were wrongly credited to him.:D
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  10. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Searching on "bass player" I get the following in the scrolling photo ribbon, in this order left to right.

    1. Carol Kaye
    2. Cliff Burton
    3. Robert Trujillo
    4. Flea
    5. Victor Wooten
    6. Tal Wilkenfeld
    7. Jaco Pastorius
    8. James Jamerson
    9. John Entwistle
    10. Stanley Clarke
    11. Pino Palladino
    12. Mark King
    13. Jack Bruce
    14. Chuck Rainey
    15. Billy Sheehan
    16. Geezer Butler
    17. Geddy Lee
    18. Bootsy Collins
    19. Leland Sklar
    20. Donald Dunn
    21. Chris Squire
    22. Lemmy
    23. Esperanza Spalding
    24. Jerry Jemmott
    25. Louis Johnson
    26. Nathan East
    27. Rex Brown
    28. Will Lee
    29. Steve Harris
    30. Verdine White
    31. Tony Levin
    32. Abraham Laboriel
    33. John Deacon
    34. Jeff Beck
    35. David Ellefson
    36. Anthony Jackson
    37. Meshell Ndegeocello
    38. Stuart Ham
    39. Les Claypool
    40. Robert DeLeo
    41. Jeff Berlin
    42. John Patitucci
    43. Francis Rocco Prestia
    44. Bill Wyman
    45. Bernard Edwards
    46. Miles Davis
    47. Nathan Watts
    48. Jimmy Johnson
    49. Peter Hook
    50. Doug Pinnick
    51. Eddie Van Halen
  11. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    I expected some comments about conspicuously missing name(s). If I google “bassist”, rather than “bass player”, I get different results.

    Never mind. *shrug*. ;)
  12. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    I found #51 a little odd, but otherwise this is a pretty good representation of bass players covering most jazz/rock/metal styles.
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  13. nbsipics

    nbsipics Gypsy Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I saw all but one of those in the post office once..
  14. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    What I like most about this list is that it's an arbitrarily subjective, infinitely variable and rationalized model based on point-in-time user or machine interactions with any of the stated content variables. It's not open for arguments about 'who's best?' or 'who's missing', other than to say that at *this* point-in-time, global indexing presented "a" definitive list.
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  15. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  16. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Just doing my part to keep the discussion on track. :D
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  17. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    I wasnt aware of that . Whats your reference for that?
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  18. Nice one!
  19. I understand. (Just kidding.)
  20. Road Hat

    Road Hat Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    NorCal, USA
    He’s listed on Carl Kaye’s web site. She lists a virtual who’s who of bass players as past or current students.

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