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Who's the greatest Studio Bassist who ever lived?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Blackbird, Feb 27, 2001.

  1. James Jamerson

    71 vote(s)
  2. Carol Kaye

    21 vote(s)
  3. Duck Dunn

    11 vote(s)
  4. Chuck Rainey

    10 vote(s)
  5. Willie Weeks

    1 vote(s)
  6. Anthony Jackson

    6 vote(s)
  7. Will Lee

    8 vote(s)
  8. Abraham Laboriel

    6 vote(s)
  9. Pino Palladino

    9 vote(s)
  10. Michael Manring

    5 vote(s)
  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Well, vote!

    Will C.:cool:
  2. James Jamerson, he lit the fire, the rest are just carrying the torch.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    This really is a rhethorical poll...;)
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Hey, I never posted a poll before. this is my way of trying (and my gift to you):D

    Will C.:cool:
  5. Sorry Will, you get no vote from me. The question of who the greatest player is, be it in the studio, live, rock, jazz, yadda-yadda, is much too subjective. I mean, let's face it, we all have our own criteria by which we rank bassists. This is how I feel about the ongoing debate revolving around number of strings, brand of bass, etc. IMHO, the best bassist (or bass - or, whatever), is the one you like best.
  6. Joe Osborn

    I don't know how you could possibly leave him out of the poll. He's probably played on more hit records than anyone on that list. Joe is the man - no question.
  7. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    You see that one measly vote for Duck Dunn?

    That was me.

    There should be more.
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  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I clicked on Jamerson & it was reeeeaaaaaaaal hard for me to NOT select Rainey! ;)

    I also I agree with RobW-
    ...no Osborn?! On the other hand, Manring?!
    Jerry Jemmott, IMO, is another serious omission...
    Damn, Jerry Scheff, too! ;)
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Uh, I forgot? :rolleyes:

    Will C.:cool:
  10. another vote for duck dunn, i love the others but duck was the first one i knew about, jamerson was second, rainey was next.

    nice poll big wheel.

    i love all of them but those are my top three
  11. "Jamerson lit the fire"......uh, well, actually Carol Kaye and Joe Osborne had both racked up #1 hits before James got going.
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Kaye & Osborn were both guitarists prior to bass-dom...Jamerson was a bassist from the get-go(urpight, at that). I ain't gonna select no guitarist-to-bassist over JJ! :D
    (Need I add that both played with a plectrum?) :D
    Too, I'm still a believer that Kaye copped Jamerson's vibe...WHO was playing bass on Pop records "like Jamerson", before there was James Jamerson?

    ...it's early here & I'm not sure about the timelines regarding JJ, Osborn, & Kaye; what did they accomplish before "Jamerson got going"? From JJ's bio, it sounded as though he was a-goin' in the late '50s-mid '70s. Kaye & Osborn, IMO, were later, mid '60s-?

    "As usual, I could be wrong"
  13. Tony Levin!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Marcus Miller!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Here's an interesting article re: Carol Kaye vs. James Jamerson:


    CK did some amazing stuff, and no doubt she's a deserved legend, but she AIN'T no Jamerson. It's astounding that she actually tries to claim credit for some of his work, what she's not content with the tremendous work she DID do? :rolleyes: How sad....:(

    Marty, yeah, you're right CK and Osborn did have hits before JJ, and CK certainly had more of them. But I was thinking of which had the biggest overall effect on bassists, both studio and otherwise. As JimK pointed out, after JJ everyone was trying to cop his "vibe".

    I stand my my statement, James Jamerson lit the fire, everyone else is just carrying the torch.

    Oh, and Fuzbot, yeah, Tony Levin does deserve to be on the list!
  15. Dragonlord

    Dragonlord Rocks Around The Glocks

    Aug 30, 2000
    Greece, Europe
    What,no Fieldy?
    You can't be serious

  16. Lit my fire, that's for sure.

  17. I put a vote in for Joe Osborn.
  18. Paul McCartney did some nice things in the studio.
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  19. no marcus miller?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!
  20. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Where's Leland Sklar?
    tlc1976, growlypants and BobaFret like this.

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