Mudcat Café message #2204844 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106169   Message #2204844
Posted By: PoppaGator
29-Nov-07 - 01:57 PM
Thread Name: Best Bassist
Subject: RE: Best Bassist
I watched the Clapton "Crossroads" TV show last night, too, and was wondering about the young female bassist with Jeff Beck. Thanks for her name.

No one has yet mentioned Phil Lesh, a very unique musician at least as "incomparable" to any other bassist as Bootsy, Entwhistle, or anyone else. Discussion of the Grateful Dead on the recently-revived Festival Express thread reminded me that Phil certainly deserves mention here. He was a classical trumpet player persuing graduate studies in avant-garde composition when he hooked up with Jerry and the rest of the band, and then taught himself to play the electric bass ~ like no one had every played it before.