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Whose skills would you want and why? - Pick one bassist only

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by BK bassist, Dec 15, 2017.


  1. BK bassist

    BK bassist "Apollo's Ghost" Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Just for fun obviously ....

    If you could somehow mind meld and absorb the skill set of any 1 bass player, who would it be and why?

    As far as my choice? At first it was clearly Wooten, then I thought Hadrian Feraud, then Tony Franklin, Mark King, etc. This is a tough question to answer ... until it hit me:

    Bobby Vega

    His timing and feel is so ridiculously rock solid and he keeps it in the pocket as well as any other player I've ever heard. His right hand is a monster whether playing fingerstyle, slapping, raking and especially pick playing. IMO, the guy is king of the 16th note funk grooves and an all around bass beast.



    So, that's my choice, what's yours?
     
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  2. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Pino - perfect timing. No genre he cannot play.
     
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  3. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Probably William Franklin Lee IV. He's a nice person, one heck of a musician, and someone who embodies the element of modesty that I tend to look for in good teachers. I've had the good fortune of seeing him perform live twice, and left both times thinking: "Yeah, he's got what I want."
     
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  4. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Virginia
    Joe Osborn, so melodic, holds everything together and yet shines with his lines.
     
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  5. MrMe

    MrMe

    Aug 26, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    At the moment, Joe Dart. Got pocket for miles.
     
  6. Often folks say he wasn't the most skilled player, but no one played like him:

    Lemmy-02.

    not to mention his skills as a prolific songwriter
     
  7. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    Donald. Duck. Dunn.
    I can't imagine playing with Steve Cropper, and Booker T.
    Telecaster, Hammond B3 and Precision bass-now that's what I call groovin'!
     
  8. James Jamerson.



    Second choice, Paul McCartney or Tony Levin.
     
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  9. Aquilador

    Aquilador

    Apr 16, 2017
    UK
    Probably Chris Squire of Yes for the sheer complexity and diversity of his bass technique.
     
  10. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Gary Thain...... His ability to create complex and beautiful melodies still have me challenging my own chops.
     
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  11. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Julie Slick. I wish I could play a 4- or 5-string like this....



    ... and a VI like this (music starts at 8:40)....



    ... not to mention her mastery of effects and composing/arranging skills.
     
  12. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Esperanza Spalding
     
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  13. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    For just setting up a killer groove- Pino, or Bobby Vega.
    For an uncanny ability to pick the next note, specially when it's not the note you would expect- Phil Lesh.

    Late edit- The OP said one bassist. I never was good at following directions...sorry.
     
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  14. Kenova

    Kenova

    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Richard Bona <3
     
  15. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    I'm torn ... A big part of me wants to say Esperanza Spalding, mostly due to the phenomenal independence between her vocals and bass playing. Then there's Pino, who was my first "bass crush," and is the reason I fell so in love with fretless (most fretless players cite Jaco, but for me it's Pino 1000%). In the end, though, I would choose Tony Levin. He can play anything, and do it with perfect time and feel, and with amazingly interesting lines.
     
  16. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Lee Sklar. You can drop him into any project, and he will fit.
     
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  17. BK bassist

    BK bassist "Apollo's Ghost" Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    I was in a small Q&A session with Lee Sklar at Bass Player Live 2017 in Los Angeles last month .... He said some music students at Berklee added up all the recordings he's been hired for and the number came out to somewhere around 26,000 songs! - Wow!
     
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  18. mrb327

    mrb327

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Nobody Knows
    JPJ or Jack Bruce. Absolutely solid players with diverse skill set into songwriting, piano, guitar, mandolin, et al
     
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  19. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Whoever this Davie 504 is.
     
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  20. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Right now probably Trip Wamsley for his overall fretless slapping tone and harmonics feel. Amazing to watch.
     
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