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your favorite primarily freltess player other than jaco?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MMiller28, May 9, 2004.

  1. MMiller28


    Apr 27, 2003
    i'm just getting into fretless bass and i'm looking for bassits who play primarily fretless other than the late great jaco. thanks for any suggestions. feel free to share why you like them too.
  2. gary willis
  3. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Carles Benavent, Willis, Tony Levin, Manring, Marcus Miller.
  4. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls
    Mick Karn:
    He's one of the few guys who actually plays fretless like a fretless. His lines DEPEND on the fretless - they'd never work on a fretted bass. I love that - there so slinky and rubbery. Awesome.

    His fretless work is dead on amazing.

    Simple awesome melodicism AND killer low B grooves!
  5. Michael Manring
    Percy Jones
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Brian Bromberg
    Victor Wooten
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Seconding Manring.

    Steve Digiorgio
  8. Limo


    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I can't believ noone has mentioned Steve Bailey yet.
  9. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    How about John Myung? He holds the groove quite well.
  10. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Steve Lawson

    Which reminds me, I have to buy his cd's..
  11. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Definitely Steve Bailey.....one of the most underrated, amazing players of our time. One of my favorite bass 'voices'

    Aloha, Garey
  12. Pino Palladino.

    He is the man. :cool:
  13. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    *homer voice* DOH!

    Can't believe I forgot Pino! Good call.
  14. Mick Karn, although I'm discovering Percy Jones' playing- apparently he was an influence on Karn.

    also; Derek Forbes, who used a fretless P bass quite a lot with Simple Minds- getting an unusual Mick Karn-meets-JJ Burnel sound on songs like "sweat in bullet",

    David J (Bauhaus/Love & rockets),

    Paul Webb (Talk talk).
  15. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Alain Caron of UZEB and F-bass fame.
  16. I really like bakithi Kumalo, (Paul Simon's bass player), in addition to some of the others already mentioned. His playing on Graceland is just gorgeous.
  17. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Jeff Berlin
    Percy Jones
    Alain Caron
    Alfonso Johnson
  18. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Pino Paladino
    Richard Bona
  19. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    all of the above... plus I'll add my main inspiration to take up fretless.

    Tony Franklin
  20. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002