Who's you favorite?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Jorgebassguy, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Jorgebassguy

    Jorgebassguy Ray and Ric lover

    Nov 7, 2020
    I would like to know who your favorite bassists are, and if you dont mind what about them makes you love their playing so much?

    Ill go first,
    Cliff Burton (his solos just made me happy)
    And Tim Commerford (i love his tone and his place in all his bands)
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The Jacks. Bruce and Casady. Because they paved the road that most everyone else is driving on. \m/
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  3. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    I like lots of players, but very rarely do I listen to anything because of a particular bass player, it more like I listen to songs/tunes and coincidentally a player whose playing I enjoy happens to be on it (I usually listen to music on Random so if it is music that I've never heard I can listen to it without bias or expectation). I also don't really think in terms of favourites but here's some whose playing I often appreciate.

    Red Mitchell (Sense of melody), Ray Brown (Outstanding swing and instrument mastery), Christian McBride (Complete player, Arco solos), Nels-Henning Ørsted Pederson (Ridiculous upright facility), Scott LaFaro (Melodicism, implied time feel), Stuart Zender (Driving funky groover), Me'Shell NdegeOcello (Excellent feel and articulation), Bootsy Collins (Funk master), James Jamerson (Deft use of rhythm and melody, but still playing for the song), Thundercat (Modern songmeister with crazy facility), Richard Bona (Multilayered rhythmic feel), Bakithi Kumalo (Groovy and melodic), Tim Commerford (In most cases, his lines are the song).
  4. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
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  5. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    No favorites, just widespread respect.
  6. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    I don't have just one, but these probably stand out from the rest on the top of my favorite bass players list (in no particular order) :

    :-: Victor Wooten :-: Chris Wood :-: Bill Laswell :-: Trevor Dunn :-: Julie Slick :-: Justin Chancellor
    :-: Cliff Burton :-: Lou Barlow :-: Paz Lenchantin :-: Peter Hook :-: Jack Casady :-:
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  7. Cloven Hoof

    Cloven Hoof Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2021
    Changes all the time. I am always inspired by different player's techniques. I am listening to Johnny Hiland at the moment so the bassist T.J. Armstrong get the current credit. Yesterday it was Charles Mingus, tomorrow...
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Not necessarily in this order:

    Flea - the energy, the funk, the feel, and his R&R attitude.
    Jamerson - they way he made everything move along and the soul behind all his choices.
    McCartney - his musicality. I think he's one of the most melodic players around, or at least the one who influenced me the most.

    Ask me next week and I'll tell you something different :) .
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  9. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Larry Graham
    James Jamerson
    Bobby Watson
    Louis Johnson
    Nate Watts
    Allen McGrier
    Mark Adams
    Carol Kaye
    Meshell Ndegeocello
    Esperanza Spalding
    Janice Marie Johnson
    Tina Weymouth
    Marcus Miller
    Aaron Mills
    Mono Neon
    Fred Hammond
    Debra Killings
    John Deacon
    Phil Lynott
    Geddy Lee
    Bernard Edwards
    Joseph Lucky Scott
    Maurice Gibbs
    Justin Raines
    Sharay Reed
    Alan Snoop Evans
    Pino Palladino
    John Taylor
    Paul S. Denman
    Stuart Zender
    Paul Turner
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  10. Way too many throughout my life to list or pick just one, but..

    I will say that just listening to Victor Wooten talk about bass/music is just as inspiring as watching him play.
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  11. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right!

    Oct 25, 2013
    Ajax Ontario
    Dougie Thomson.
  12. LowWay

    LowWay It’s got 4 strings ‘cause they’re bigger! Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    W Mass
    I grew up in the same music scene as Lou Barlow. He's now my ex's neighbor. It's weird seeing him on a list with such big names, but not undeserved.
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  13. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I'll go Mr. Pestia (RIP). His attack, rhythmic choices, and note choices just do it for me.
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  14. LowWay

    LowWay It’s got 4 strings ‘cause they’re bigger! Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    W Mass
    I love many bassists across many genres, but I would say my biggest influences learning to play in my early days in the mid eighties were:

    Mike Watt (my greatest music hero)
    Mike Mills (can't get there from here is one of my favorite songs to play to this day)
    Flea (blood sugar sex magic and earlier)
    Paul McCartney
    Graham Maby (specifically the first joe jackson record)
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  15. Larry Graham and Rocco Prestia.

    Two of the funkiest humans who ever roamed the earth.
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  16. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    based on who I have listened to the most over the years I've played bass (mostly due to tribute bands I've been in)

    John Entwhistle
    John Deacon
    John Paul Jones
    Ron Blair/Howie Epstein
    Duck Dunn
  17. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    My favs, in no particular order:
    • Julie Slick
    • Roy Mitchell Cardenas
    • Mike Dirnt
    • James Jamerson
    • Paul McCartney
    • Carol Kaye
    • John Paul Jones
    • John Deacon
  18. I like almost all of the bassists listed so far. To add a few more:
    Stanley Clarke
    Family Man Barrett
    Chuck Rainey
    Phil Lesh
    Horace Panter
  19. Low Down Brown

    Low Down Brown

    Jan 8, 2018
    Others have already listed quite a few of my favs so I'll just add a couple more to the bunch.

    Allen Woody - His tone and chops were fantastic.
    Oteil - same as Woody.
    Mark King - just plain funky
    John Wetton - great tone from a p-bass and fantastic singer
    Trey Gunn and Tony Levin - both absolutely destroy a Stick
    Wilton Felder - pocket and groove
    Bob Babbitt - pocket and groove
    JPJ - for obvious reasons
  20. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I’ve never had a single favorite.
    I like and respect many players l, even some in groups I don’t love.

    But for fun I’ll say Bruce Foxton, Tina Weymouth, Suzi Quatro, John Paul Jones, Mike Watt and secretly maybe Tony Lombardo.

    Edit to say I think the most important electric bassist is Ed Cynar.
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