Who is the best polyvalent bass player?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by D.J, Jun 13, 2001.

  1. D.J


    Jan 31, 2000
    Hi, who is best bassist to play most instruments?
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    John Paul Jones
  3. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Man I just love those people out there that say ya I play bass! And guitar and saxophone and drums and piano and I am great at all of them! All I say to them is which one do you play ?
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I think McCartney is hard to beat. Bass, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Voice, Trumpet, God knows what else. (And he plays them all)

    Jaco was pretty versatile too.

  5. McCartney is first, followed probably by John Paul Jones, but that's as far as I know.
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Perhaps the IOC should add instrument decathlon to the Olympic program...:D
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    IMO, Marcus Miller and Mark King are the best *bassists* who play a lot of other things. Prince and Lenny Kravitz are all-rounders who happen to play good bass.
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Claypool sings and plays Bass, drums, guitar and even banjo... check Holy Mackerel...

    The OX!!
  9. flea plays trumpet....
  10. Claypool is actually a pretty damn good drummer. I had a link to a video of him just messing around on a drumset but it's broken now.
  11. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Jack Bruce-Electric bass, URB, cello, guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals....maybe more?
  12. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Would Geddy Lee be a good candidate.
    Sings, plays bass and keyboards.
    In concert he's pretty busy, and to sing over some of those basslines is AMAZING.
  13. jljohnson85


    Nov 27, 2000
    Woodstock, GA
    Kid Rock is good, he plays all the instruments on his records.
  14. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    ahem! we´re talking about BASSIST that play many instruments... :rolleyes:
  15. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    What's broken? The link, the video or the drumset? :D

  16. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Prince....and I know he is a bassist...'cause I saw him on the cover of Bass Player magazine...:D:D
  17. Moonraker


    Mar 7, 2001
    I agree. Prince is a genius. And Lenny Kravitz plays all his stuff too , he got some talent