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Who’s your Favorite Bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Helix, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Im my younger years I would have to say it was JPJ or Geddy, but now I'd say Robert, mostly because of what he did with ST and Infectious


    Who's yours?
  2. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    didn't I ever tell you? you're my favourite bass player.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Jack Casady.

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  4. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Thank you Rufus.....and your one of my favorites to :)
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    too many to list. mostly jazz cats. i'll say jaco (today's choice!) just to play.
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  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    It's Geddy. Not the guy I listen to the most. Not the best bassist. Not even the guy with the coolest sound. But Geddy Lee is STILL my favorite bassist. Maybe it's his nose. That is a GREAT nose!
  7. Gunther


    Jun 11, 2013
    Sleepy Ville, USA
    Trujillo has evolved into one of electric bass' heaviest hitter. He heard Jaco's word so eloquently expressed in the film "Jaco," IMHO the most important documentary of the time when musicians ran the music industry.
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  8. Gunther


    Jun 11, 2013
    Sleepy Ville, USA
    I don't have one favorite. So many bags, so many stars. For the funk who might I reference? Louis Satterfield? Jamerson? Rainey for his complete sweetness and warmth? Jemmott for his riveting in your face blistering funk? Buck Owen's wonderful, straight to point, utterly musical Doyle Holly? Phil Lesh who's sound on the bass is transcendental, swirling and mesmerizing? Everyone might agree Jaco Pastorius was truly the most revolutionizing of all 20th century electric bassists. But there's Mark Egan who kills me long past the Pat Metheny Group into international spotlight. And others on a very long list. Ah, crap. Must through Willie Dixon in this list. What made Dixon great is what made all these others great. Another discussion for another time, perhaps.

    I fear now 45 years of hip-hop the human element of those I've listed above have not translated well if at all to newer generations.
  9. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    Me. I love everything that I have ever done.

    After that, from time to time I have been inspired by a lot of different musicians. I respect that they have their own struggles, goals, and successes. But I am my favorite!
  10. All around? Probably wooten.
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  11. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    I'm right with you

    I'm probably straying a little off my own topic here, but I'm pretty happy about the bassist that I've become over the last 35 years. I think I've done a pretty good job of incorporating all my influences over that time.

    There's a saying "All I wanted was people to say "Man that guy can play" and I think I've accomplished that......I think
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  12. turbo2256b


    Jan 4, 2011
    so many and i am bad with names some already mentioned all the different types of music have my favorites.
    One relay impressed me just saw him one time never knew his name. It was at a pizza/ bar in indy called Crazy Alls back in 75. there was like a jazz blues club in indy and would have just about anybody that came in town play. This guy starts to play and just blew me away. think just that one night affected my style. never heard anything like it again. But were mostly just jam sessions for all i know it could have been someone quite famous. There was a guy in there playing a horn one night that looked like AL hurt.
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  13. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Too many to narrow it down to just one...but today I'm going to say Alphonso Johnson, for his work with Weather Report and Jazz Is Dead.
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  14. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    I have to say Joe Osborn. When I was growing up I knew nothing about bass, but the first tunes I dug back in 2nd grade (1966) were all Joe Osborn bass lines.

    As I grew up, I'd love tunes that were out of my rock and country wheelhouse like Carpenters, Helen Reddy, 5th Dimension it turned out that all of those tunes had one thing in common....Joe Osborn.

    So when I'm gigging and we get grooving and I'm playing without thinking, I think it's more Joe coming out of my fingers than any of my other influences.
  15. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    Tommy Shannon.
  16. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
  17. TuneSalad666

    TuneSalad666 Banned

    Mar 1, 2018
    I don't really have one specific bass player that stands out as my favorite one.

    Give me a top 10 and maybe I would be able to come up with something, though still in no specific order.

    When that is said Justin Chancellor from Tool and Trevor Dunn from Mr. Bungle comes to mind.

    Justin Chancellor excels at making really catchy rousing and rather melodic bass lines, even in quite strange meters with complex rhythm structures, and this without them ever loosing any sense of groove or heft. He probably have one of the best bass tones I ever heard too.

    Trevor Dunn is just an extremely gifted bass player that probably could fit into any genre of music if he wanted, though I have deep respect for him mainly sticking to the more avantgarde and experimental end of the spectrum.
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    Jack Casady is absolutely a killer bass player too, and probably one of my favorites as well from the older generation of players.

    Jefferson Airplane was a great band.
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  18. For me to pick just one bassist as a favorite when so many have influenced and inspired me is difficult but Stanley Clarke stands tall in the crowd. Because he has such skill on both electric and acoustic bass, able to play deep grooves, blistering unison lines and amazing solos. Because of his career as a band member, sideman and solo artist. Because of his skill as a composer, arranger and producer.
  19. saabfender


    Jan 10, 2018
    A couple of young guys I was playing with asked me that a couple years ago. I thought about it and said, “Me, muthaf#%~*r.”
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  20. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    Tony Levin

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