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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by 6stringtheorist, Apr 26, 2020.
What bass player is your all-time favorite regardless of style or genre of music? ? ?
I don't have one favorite but rather a list of bests that permanently fight for the first place.
Jack is one of them.
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.
Bobby Vega cuz he's awesome.
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.
Peter Gifford, Midnight Oil. He drove the bus.
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:
I'm probably forgetting someone...
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! (this would be easier if we named our top 100 players!)
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.
...and there is Garry
btw: this video also answers the SRV vs J. Hendrix question for me.
None. I just admire and try to learn.
I like simple playing, in-the-pocket, tight bass players.
1 - Cliff Williams
2 - Dusty Hill
3 - Dee Dee Ramone
Less is more.
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.
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.
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.
Cliff ‘em all was like watching the moon landing for me.
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.
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.
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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