What Is Your Favorite Bass Solo of All Time Regardless of Style???

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  1. 6stringtheorist

    6stringtheorist

    Apr 3, 2020
    Someone asked me this question the other day and I had to think about it for awhile as there are so many great performances throughout the history of music and I said 'TeenTown' brought to you through the magic fingers of the great Jaco Pastorius.
     
  2. alack

    alack

    Nov 20, 2000
    Florida
    So many! Difficult to choose! That said, on this track Jeff Berlin demonstrates the melodic potential and beauty of the bass guitar in ways that are rarely matched and in my opinion, never exceeded.

     
  3. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    I'd go from the same album . . .

     
  4. lfmn16

    lfmn16

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Basically the whole song is a solo.

     
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    The bass break in Jethro Tull's "Bouree" and the double time section of Hot Tuna's "Hesitation Blues". Hard to get much better than those, imho.
     
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  6. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    Call me simple and crude, but My Generation wins for me every time.
    Even over virtuosity like Teen Town or the countless technically superior fusion solos recorded since.
     
  7. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Orion
     
  8. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    Andy West’s solo on “Kat Food”, from the Dregs “Unsung Heroes” album.

    Album was released in 1981 or so. Solo was played with a pick, on a Steinberger.
    Quite funky.
     
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Guy Nsangue

     
  10. phillipkregg

    phillipkregg Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Bass solo within a group context, maybe Dane Alderson:



    Solo performance, Michael Manring:

     
  11. AudioTaper

    AudioTaper Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2018
    Cliff Burtons 1983 live solo of 'Anesthesia'
     
  12. Rob1957

    Rob1957

    Dec 3, 2020
    Jeff Berlin’s solo in his piece entitled’Bach’
     
  13. steamthief

    steamthief

    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Maxwell Murder by Rancid
     
  14. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    I don't know if it's my favorite of all time, but it's my current white whale. Don't even know where to start with this one:

    (Mingus, Cornell 1964, Sophisticated Lady)

     
  15. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Oooh, with Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet! My bass clarinet hero / idol! :thumbsup: (maybe doesn't play on this bass solo though)
     
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  16. I've always loved Alphonso Johnson's Bahama Mama...

     
  17. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Marcus Miller on Miles Davis' "Big Time"... he lays it down at 3:25.

     
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  18. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world. Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    California
    Well, the whole song is a solo. Used to love working on it as an exercise too. It is absolutely beautiful! Jaco at his simple best. IMO. :smug:

     
  19. TheDirtyLowDown

    TheDirtyLowDown

    Mar 8, 2014
    There are so many! Here's one: Christian McBride soloing on fretless to the tune 'James' with the Pat Metheny Trio. I love this trio, and Christian's playing is always inspiring. Check it out:

     
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