Who Is Your Favorite Bass Player Of All-Time And Why ? ? ?

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  1. 6stringtheorist


    Apr 3, 2020
    What bass player is your all-time favorite regardless of style or genre of music? ? ?
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  2. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi 6stringtheorist :)

    I don't have one favorite but rather a list of bests that permanently fight for the first place. :D

    Jack is one of them.


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  3. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Dusty Hill. He always plays exactly what the song requires and not one note more. The antithesis of most bass players in three piece bands. With tone like a kick in the gut. Damn good singer too.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Bobby Vega cuz he's awesome.
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  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I don't play favorites, I equally enjoy hundreds of players. But respecting the spirit of your thread, for this hour I'll go with Paul Chambers.
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  6. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Peter Gifford, Midnight Oil. He drove the bus.
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I could never narrow it down to just one.

    Not sure I could even narrow it down to 20, but in the spirit of this thread I'll give that a shot. In no particular order:

    Tony Levin
    Mick Karn
    Bill Laswell
    Anthony Jackson
    Alphonso Johnson
    Chris Squire
    Mel Schacher
    Nathan East
    Jimmy Johnson
    Jon Camp
    Paul McCartney
    Paul Jackson
    Jeff Berlin
    Will Lee
    Ric Fierabracci
    John Patitucci
    John Wetton
    Doug Wimbish
    Larry Graham
    Ray Schulman

    I'm probably forgetting someone...
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i have so many favorites = impossible for me to single one out. and even if i had one name to toss out here: i'd be fickle about it in the next thread! ;)

    that said: eddie gomez has never let me down. but neither did bernard odum! :D (this would be easier if we named our top 100 players!)
  9. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    So, so many favorites. Who have I listened to the most, and influenced my own playing? Phil Lesh.
    Phil doesn't play little 8,12,16 bar patterns that repeat. His bass line starts at bar 1, and goes till the outro.
    Honourable mention- Pino, Rocco, Otiel, the list goes on and on.
  10. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    ...and there is Garry :D

    btw: this video also answers the SRV vs J. Hendrix question for me. :D

  11. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    None. I just admire and try to learn.
  12. Shorty3


    Dec 25, 2015
    I like simple playing, in-the-pocket, tight bass players.

    1 - Cliff Williams
    2 - Dusty Hill
    3 - Dee Dee Ramone

    Less is more.
  13. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Gary Willis, when i first heard him playing, his tone, his manier, saw his teqnique - i understood how much the fretless bass differs from fretted. I understood that i will learn and play all my life exactly the fretless basses. I listen to his parties and solos and always hear something new and something to learn. I would wote him as a most unique bass player of all time. Of course - i try to learn as much as i can from different bass players and exactly = there will always be something new and unique.
  14. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Marcus Miller
    Will Lee
    Nathan East

    There's so many great players, but those three cats just seem to know what the song needs... such a great sense of feel... and if the tune needs precision chops, they've got 'em.
  15. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka My roadworn is in mint condition Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Richard Hell
  16. conrad H

    conrad H

    Feb 27, 2016
    Geezer Butler . My older cousin gave me a stack of old records when I was a kid and the first time I heard those Black Sabbath bass lines I thought " wow this is the music for me" . Now 40 years later and I still love the music.
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  17. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Cliff Burton
    Cliff ‘em all was like watching the moon landing for me.
  18. DrayMiles


    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Mingus - Playing is cool, but composition is where you have control over a plethora of things. A mediocre bassist that is a good writer is better off than a virtuoso technician imo.
  19. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I would have a lot of trouble picking one. But if I had to - really had to - off the top of my head I'd pick Bill Gould.
  20. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    Too many to list...
    But for pure audacity of the scope of his talent as a bassist - Stanely Clarke!
    I have seen him perform jazz standards from the American Song Book, blow minds with intensely notey fusion, play alongside some seriously heavy hitters and not get buried under the pile of egos. throw down ferocious funk ala Parliament and.... absolutely kill on an upright acoustic bass next to folks like Jean Luc Ponty and Bela Fleck.
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