Who are some of your favorite "melodic" bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by LushPuppy, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. LushPuppy

    LushPuppy Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2016
    When I say melodic in this instance I mean clearly less interested in chops, having a voice more in a folk/ambient/free/new music sense. Someone who uses space in a relaxed and thoughtful way, somewhat detached from the usual role of the bassist. The players that come to mind for me are Charlie Haden and Thomas Morgan.

    Who are some players you dig who have a similar element to their playing?

    *Feel free to include any electric players. One I found about lately is this guy in Sweden named Gustav Broman, he plays a cool Hofner hollowbody with a real acoustic sound.
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  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Red Mitchell, Neal Miner, Darek Oles, Peter Brendler, Mark Lewandowski, Peter Slavov, Rick Rosato...
  3. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
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  4. Mr Ralph

    Mr Ralph Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    Hinckley Ohio
    Red Mitchell
  5. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    My favorite is a portuguese double bassist named Carlos Bica.

    One of my favorite musicians, favors space and melody. I know him personally and he's a great guy.

  6. bcamp

    bcamp Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2013
    James Jamerson
  7. marcox


    Dec 10, 2007
    Thanks for posting the Carlos Bica selections, @J_Bass — I really enjoyed them.
  8. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

    You can check him out on Spotify on:

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  9. BobbyT


    Feb 19, 2017
    United States
    Gotta mention Edgar Meyer here, although he certainly has chops for days.

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  10. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    Miroslav Vitous, George Mraz
  11. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Red Mitchell. He is one of my favourite players, and played the first solo I transcribed "What Is This Thing Called Love?" From a Hampton Hawes Trio album. Very melodic and even contains a quote from "jeepers creepers". I have transcribed a few more including some from " Presenting Red Mitchell" and I recommend doing so, particularly the Hampton Hawes stuff.
    George Mraz is great too, I transcribed "Confirmation" from Eclypso by Tommy Flanagan, cool solo getting round those changes.
    Ray Brown is very often great, his solo on "Stella By Starlight" from Ray Brown's Walk On is particularly melodic, recorded not long before his passing showing that he remained great right up to the end and also the first solo I learnt to play on Double Bass.
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  12. K. Powell

    K. Powell

    Nov 9, 2014
    Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez
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  13. MLysh


    Oct 11, 2007
    I have recordings where Jay Anderson, Scott Colley, and Matt Brewer all do the thing you described in your original post.
  14. Fat bob

    Fat bob

    Jan 14, 2013
    Don Thompson
  15. mtto

    mtto Supporting Member

    May 25, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Michael Moore
  16. Surprised no one has mentioned Jimmy Garrison yet.
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  17. CryingBass

    CryingBass Sowing the Seeds of Uncertainty Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    +1 on Jay Anderson

    Dave Holland has his good moments too.
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  18. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Jimmy Garrison
    Eddie Gomez
    Jymie Merritt
    Charles Mingus
    James Jamerson
    Miroslav Vitous
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  19. birgebass


    Nov 7, 2011
    James Singleton might interest you. He uses the bow a lot, uses loops and effects as well.
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  20. LushPuppy

    LushPuppy Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2016
    Mannn thanks for all the replies everybody, I'll be busy checking all these folks out for a while! I hope anyone who sees this in the future will keep adding to the list, there are some great players in here!
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