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Who is your favorite Bass Player today?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bassometer, Mar 27, 2015.


  1. Aston Barrett

    13 vote(s)
    4.5%
  2. Bernard Edwards

    14 vote(s)
    4.9%
  3. Chris Squire

    23 vote(s)
    8.0%
  4. Dee Murray

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  5. Gabe Nelson

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Geddy Lee

    76 vote(s)
    26.5%
  7. John Paul Jones

    70 vote(s)
    24.4%
  8. Mark King

    5 vote(s)
    1.7%
  9. Michael Balzary

    12 vote(s)
    4.2%
  10. Muzz Skillings

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  11. Paul McCartney

    43 vote(s)
    15.0%
  12. Phil Chen

    4 vote(s)
    1.4%
  13. Pino Palladino

    61 vote(s)
    21.3%
  14. Rocco Prestia

    23 vote(s)
    8.0%
  15. Steve Harris

    32 vote(s)
    11.1%
  16. Stuart Zender

    10 vote(s)
    3.5%
  17. The bass player on “You're The One That I Want – Grease”

    19 vote(s)
    6.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Who is your fav Player from the list? I know, I know - I am missing a couple hundred other big names, some of them huge. These are the players that influenced me, who are yours?
     
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  2. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    That's quite a motley crew. As for the last one, the correct answer is "Who is David Hungate?"
     
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  3. Muddslide

    Muddslide

    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    It's a nice list. Always thought Dee Murray was underrated. Wouldn't call them "favorites" necessarily, but I have always dug Dennis Dunaway (from the original Alice Cooper Band) and Glenn Cornick (RIP) from the first 3 or 4 Jethro Tull albums.

    I also consider them underrated.

    As for "The Favorite"-- I can't name just onel Naming one excludes dozens of others. There are players I love from certain eras or who play certain genres of music, but I don't think I could point to ONE specifi bass player and say "THIS is THE ONE. My favorite..."
     
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  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Reno/Tahoe
    The Ox - today

    Tomorrow never knows..
     
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  5. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Julie Slick.

    That was too easy. What else you got?
     
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  6. Dennis Dunaway & Glenn Cornick - I should have added them into the list
     
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  7. Bassman864

    Bassman864

    Oct 24, 2012
    Richard Bona!!!!!!!!
     
  8. ScarfFace

    ScarfFace Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    La Crosse WI
    I think right now Michael League is my fav. His talent in both bass playing and composing is just incredible. Plus his primary bass is a P bass. :)
     
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Couldn't vote, but I'd say Les Claypool.
     
  10. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    There is no possible way that I could choose one name off that list. It's just...impossible.
     
  11. There are sooo many
     
  12. Muddslide

    Muddslide

    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    You know, from your list, I mentioned Dee Murray who I always thought was real tasty, but Family Man Barrett, John Paul Jones, Steve Harris and Paul Mac all have meant a great deal to me as well over the years (some others too, but these cats jumped out at me.)

    I think a lot of us bass players give McCartney due credit, but I think most casual music fans don't equate him as much with being a bass player as just being "A Beatle." And that's okay, but I always thought he was an amazing player. Sometimes toned down, pocket playing, doing just enough to support the song, other times riding out in front with astounding hooks and killer lines. Then some tracks he's almost "lead bass" like "Rain" and "Paperback Writer."

    Even some of his cheesier solo/Wings stuff like "Silly Love songs." Don't really care for that song so much, but the bass line is just groovy and fun and inventive as hell.
     
  13. I agree, well said
     
  14. Other than Sir Paul and JPJ, Glenn Cornick is one of the earliest bassists who's name I knew and cared to know, because I was so impressed with the composition of the lines, especially the timing. ...Although I came to understand and believe early on that Cornick was probably just playing whatever bassline Ian Anderson scored and handed him. If someone knows that I'm all (or partially) wrong on this, please let me know.


    Oh... and the poll.

    I'll take David Hungate for $500 please Alex.
     
  15. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    From that list, Bernard Edwards with Mark King coming in a close second. :)
     
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  16. LUCE

    LUCE

    Jan 9, 2015
    Denver, CO
    Grew up listening to Dee Murray. He's what made me want to play bass.
     
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  17. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    From your list i could only pick 2 names.
    Pino & Bernard

    My favs are
    Pino
    Meshelle
    Thundercat
    Esperanza
    Jamareo
    Paul Denman (Sade )
    John Taylor
    Sting
    Debra Killings
    Carol Kaye
    James Jamerson
    Bobby Vega
    Bernard Edwards
    Joseph Lucky Scott
    Willie Weeks
    Bobby Watson
    Janice Marie Johnson
    Anthony Jackson
    Luis Johnson
    Bootsy
    Prince
    Nathan Watts
    Stevie Wonders left hand
     
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  18. LowEndWooly

    LowEndWooly

    Sep 3, 2013
    Indiana
    Geezer and Duff!
     
  19. Philip Mackenzie

    Philip Mackenzie

    Apr 23, 2014
    From the list, Edwards. Don't understand why Tony Levin's not on there, though.
     
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  20. bassistheplaceofcourse

    bassistheplaceofcourse

    Oct 26, 2014
    Tim Lefebvre & Michael League.
     

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