Who's you favorite?

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

  1. misterCRUSH

    misterCRUSH It's all jazz...it's ALL jazz...

    Dec 27, 2015
    Jaco: Mainly for his creativity and doing things nobody had really done before.
    Charlie Haden: Definitely one of the more cerebral bassists I've ever heard. His use of intervals and reharmonization is legendary.
    Scott LaFaro: Another one who took the bass into new territory by playing it in a way that had not really been done before.
  2. gorneyg

    gorneyg Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    New Jersey
    Victor Wooten. Rocco Prestia. Roscoe Beck. Brian Bromberg. Tiran Porter. Allen Woody. Berry Oakley. Alain Caron. Willie Weeks. Alphonso Johnson. Michael Manring. John Cowan.
    Not that I can play like any of them........
  3. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
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  4. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh was some of my absolute favorite bands of my late teens/early adulthood, and some of the few bands that I loved back then that still means a lot to me, that I still love and haven't really grown out of, and Lou Barlow was in many ways my big musical hero back then.

    Also the best songs on the last few Dinosaur Jr. albums in my opinion has been the ones written by Lou (even if the last J. Mascis solo album was great and had some of the best songs J have written like probably since the Hand It Over album from 1997).

    Though Dinosaur Jr., J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Sebadoh will always have a very special place in my heart no matter what.

    And while Lou Barlow might not be as technical proficient as some of the other bass players on my list, and hardly is the best rock bassist ever, unlike J. Masics who I honestly consider one of the greatest rock guitarists ever, he is the perfect bass player for Dinosaur Jr. and an amazing songwriter as well.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2021
  5. SteveBassJr

    SteveBassJr It all sounds the same, It's all one song!

    Aug 11, 2009
    I am a really big fan of Damian Erskine. If your not hip to him. Check him out. His style is unique and his approach is right up my alley.
    He is a down to earth guy and a fantastic teacher. I am a member of his Bass Education.com website. derskine.png
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  6. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    For what I enjoy playing, I wish I had half the talent of Mars Cowling.
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  7. dangevans


    Mar 26, 2014
    Joe Osborn, James Jamerson, Jack Bruce. Jerry Scheff is up there, too.
  8. Crash 56

    Crash 56

    Mar 13, 2014
    Spokane, Wa.
    They were my models also, to the point that I wanted to change my name to Jack in High School.....
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  9. Zoffy


    Jun 7, 2020
    Sacramento CA
    Top 3: Phil Lesh, Tina Weymouth, Leland Sklar.
  10. LowWay

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

    Dec 16, 2009
    W Mass
    Totally agree. I remember fondly the day J Mascis came to see my little band in ‘94 in a local club and bought a CD. Bug and Green Mind were in constant rotation for me for years. Others too of course, but those were my favorites then.
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  11. Dennis Dunnaway
    Gary Thaine
    Chris Glenn
    John Doe
    Sir Paul
    Randi Jo Hobbs
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  12. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Changed a lot over the years. I grew up idolizing Squire, The Ox, guys like that. Now it's players like Tommy Cogbill, Klaus Voormann.
    • Joe Dart for his unceasing drive and funk as well as his tone
    • Willie Weeks for his perfect lines
    • Stanley Clarke for his musicianship and tone
    • Paul Jackson for his groove and drive
    • Sir Paul for his unerring sense of melody
    • Duck Dunn for his solid underpinning of the song
    • Carol Kaye for everything she ever did
  13. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    Anthony Jackson. He’s the only guy that I have truly admired for my almost four decades of playing bass. So many players have come and gone from the list…. He just stays there.
  14. Great to have some love for Paul Denman. Sade’s underrated Star
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  15. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Tina Weymouth and Bruce Thomas come to mind but the bass player named Mysterious in a band called the Rezillos was a personal favorite. His playing style and his tone really spoke to me. I also really liked a lot of the other bass players that have already been mentioned.
  16. Benj-jammin

    Benj-jammin Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2020
    North Carolina
    Squire and JPJ were the two biggest game changers for me. Entwhistle's playing on the Live at Leeds
    "My Generation" medley still blows me away 50+ years later...almost uncopiable stuff there. So damn trebly and disjointed.
  17. Craig Orndorff

    Craig Orndorff Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2021
    John Deacon, John Paul Jones, James James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, Geddy Lee, Roger Waters, John Entwhistle and Carol Kaye are all personal heroes.

    Flea I have a love-hate because I’ll never get remotely there with slapping and popping, but man what a show.
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Listening to Vic talk about buying groceries is inspiring. I like him as a human even more than as a bass player.
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  19. Craig Orndorff

    Craig Orndorff Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2021
    Also, I know this is early and not all a representative sample, and I’m probably taking my forum life in my own hands, but I only saw Jaco once.
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