who are the "other" 70s fusion bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Matthew T., Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Matthew T.

    Matthew T.

    Feb 17, 2002
    Springdale, AR
    During my years playing bass and checking out its notable practitioners, I've found out about 70s fusion bassists like:

    Alphonso Johnson
    Victor Bailey
    Anthony Jackson
    Steve Swallow
    Randy Tico (I think that's name - the guy from Matrix.)
    Michael Henderson
    Miroslav Vituous
    Rick Laird
    Paul Jackson
    Bunny Brunel
    Jeff Berlin

    But who else was there? There must have been other notable players way back when fusion was fresh and fun.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Laird's successor in MO-
    Ralphe Armstong
    (BTW, Armstong is in the Standing In The Shadows Of Motown DVD...he's discussing Babbitt's playing on "Scorpio").

    Believe it or not-
    Lee Sklar qualifies(nevermind that we was better known as a "Folkie"). ;) See Spectrum.
    Gary King(Tom Scott, Bob James)
    Max Bennett(LA Express)
    Charles Meeks(Chuck Mangione)
    John Lee(Larry Coryell's The 11th House)
    Mervin Brunson(Coryell again)
    Will Lee(Breckers)
    Neil Jason(Breckers, Bob James)
    Rick Petrone(New York Mary)
    Mark Egan(Pat Metheny Group)

    Randy Tico is happenin'.
    I do have one Matrix album from that era called Harvest...he's seen playing a P-J bass on the back cover.
    Matrix released a new one back in 2002(I think).

    Couple more-
    Dave Holland(Miles)
    Buster Williams(Herbie's Mwandishi band)
  3. i don't really know if this is 70's or fusion, but i really enjoy Scott Ambush's work in Spyro Gyra, i kinda think everyone has a different idea of what fusion is, but this sound pretty close to fusion if it isn't!
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002


    I'm kind of surprised to hear him mentioned, I mean, he's a totally awesome bassist, but not necessarily very well known.

    he plays bass for my friends dad now, amongst various other side projects.
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No Marcus Miller!! ???:eek:

    He played with the following in the 70s :

    Bee, Celi

    Blow My Mind [1979]

    Bendeth, David

    Adrenalin [1979]

    Browne, Tom

    Browne Sugar [1979]

    Cavaliere, Felix

    Castle in the Air [1979]

    Cherry, Don

    Hear & Now [1976]

    Dudziak, Urszula

    Future Talk [1979]

    Grossman, Steve

    Perspective [1979]

    Hill, Z.Z.

    The mark of Z.Z. [1979]

    Hoggard, Jay

    Days Like These [1979]

    Humphrey, Bobbi

    Freestyle [1978]

    Sunset Burgundy [1978]

    The Good Life [1979]

    Irvine, Weldon

    The Sisters [1979]

    King, Ben E.

    Music Trance [1979]


    Lips [1979]

    Moore, Melba

    Burn [1979]

    Ohno, Shunzo

    Quarter Moon [1979]

    Ritenour, Lee

    Rio [1979]

    Smith, Lonnie Liston

    Exotic Mysteries [1978]

    Loveland [1978]

    A Song for the Children [1979]

    Valentin, Dave

    The Hawk [1979]

    White, Lenny

    Big City [1976]

    Streamline [1978]
  6. ptuckerbass


    Sep 12, 2000
    Orlando, Fl.
    Andy West of the Dixie Dregs.
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I was going to add Marcus... ;)

    Not sure if these were LATE '70s with Miller-
    His work with early Spyro Gyra, Dave Grusin, GRP All-Stars, Sadao Watanabe, Brecker Brothers, etc.

    Hey SooperBass-
    Not sure if Ambush is known for his '70s Fusioning.

    How 'bout Percy Jones & Patrick O'Hearn?

    ...and POPS POPWELL!!!
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Hellmut Hattler (Kraan)
  9. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Percy JOnes ! How could he be left out ?
  10. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    Fernando Saunders, who toured with Jeff Beck and McLaughlin. Sliding harmonics on fretless, oh man!

    Jamaladeen Tacuma: Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer

    Eberhard Weber: Metheny, Gary Burton, lots of other ECM artists
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...he wasn't!
  12. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    oops...missed that one JImK !

    How about Tim Bogart ?
  13. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    I liked his work with Jeff Beck on Beck, Bogert and Appice, but was he a fusion guy?

    Also, how about these guys:

    Jerry Jemmott
    Felton Crews
    Phil Chen
  15. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Bogart. Bogert. It's been 20 years since i thought of that cat, cut me some slack compadre !

    also, we may want to consider Mark King; Level 42's early (70's) albums were heavy on bass solos and serious drumming. That stuff was fusion as thinly disguised as it could be.
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Sorry for caring, compadre!;)
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    While Victor Bailey sounds like a 70's fusion guy I think he might be a bit too young;)
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    With all of the people already listed, you guys are making me work.

    Here's one: Randy Jackson, back in the day with Cobham:D

    There's more;)

    Phil Upchurch (bass and guitar)
    Louis Johnson (Grover Washington, Earl Klugh, Herbie Hancock)
    Henry Davis (Alphonse Mouzon)
    Ray Parker (yep, before Ghostbusters)
    Al Anderson (Lonnie Liston Smith)
    Abraham Laboriel
    Harvey Brooks (Miles)
    Verdine White (Ramsey Lewis)
    Alex Blake
    Gordon Edwards
    Byron Miller (George Duke, Roy Ayers)
    Jimmy Haslip

    There's more:D

    Chris Brubeck ( I remember a fretless Ric for some reason)
    Joe Hall (Blackbyrds, local guys)
    Bradley Bobo, early 6 string bassist with Eddie Harris. Loved this guy.
    Wilton Felder
    Robert Pops" Popwell (Crusaders)
    Doug Rauch
  19. Matthew T.

    Matthew T.

    Feb 17, 2002
    Springdale, AR
    And what would be key albums to hear these guys on?
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Some of the less obvious ones(perhaps)-

    Henry Davis-Mind Transplant(Alphonse Mouzon)
    Lee Sklar-Spectrum(Billy Cobham)
    Pops Popwell-Those Southern Knights, Images, & Free As The Wind(The Crusaders)
    Max Bennett-Tom Cat(Tom Scott & The LA Express)
    Doug Rauch-Caravansarai, Lotus, & Moonflower(Santana)...all 3 have recently been remastered & reissued in the US.
    Alphonso Johnson-Tale Spinning(Weather Report)...a must-have. Also, the Cobham-Duke Band Live In Europe.
    Dave Holland-Live @The Fillmore 1970(Miles)
    Illuminations-Santana & Alice Coltrane
    Michael Henderson-On The Corner, Tribute To Jack Johnson, Panagea, Agharta, At Fillmore, Dark Magus, Live At The Philharmonic, Another Bitches Brew, etc (Miles)
    Harvey Brooks-Bitches Brew(Miles)

    ...I was gonna mention Verdine White, too.
    Early EW&F touched on Sly & the Chicago Avant/Free Jazz scene. The early EW&F albums typically had 1 long instrumental piece(IIRC).