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GUEST,Homey 10 Nov 07 - 06:20 PM
David C. Carter 10 Nov 07 - 06:36 PM
GUEST,irishenglish 10 Nov 07 - 06:38 PM
GUEST,geno99 10 Nov 07 - 07:15 PM
GUEST,geno99 10 Nov 07 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,irishenglish 10 Nov 07 - 07:23 PM
Big Al Whittle 10 Nov 07 - 08:06 PM
Bert 10 Nov 07 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 11 Nov 07 - 01:18 AM
Dave Hanson 11 Nov 07 - 03:23 AM
Severn 11 Nov 07 - 05:28 AM
fat B****rd 11 Nov 07 - 06:03 AM
David C. Carter 11 Nov 07 - 06:12 AM
cptsnapper 11 Nov 07 - 07:07 AM
Richard Bridge 11 Nov 07 - 07:08 AM
van lingle 11 Nov 07 - 07:31 AM
Capo da Monty 11 Nov 07 - 08:52 AM
number 6 11 Nov 07 - 09:27 AM
GUEST,irishenglish 11 Nov 07 - 11:15 AM
Richard Bridge 11 Nov 07 - 11:33 AM
number 6 11 Nov 07 - 12:37 PM
patriot1314 11 Nov 07 - 02:15 PM
fat B****rd 11 Nov 07 - 02:20 PM
number 6 11 Nov 07 - 03:43 PM
Richard Bridge 11 Nov 07 - 04:54 PM
oggie 11 Nov 07 - 05:12 PM
Richard Bridge 11 Nov 07 - 05:28 PM
topical tom 11 Nov 07 - 05:47 PM
GUEST,redmax 12 Nov 07 - 05:07 AM
Dave Sutherland 12 Nov 07 - 05:40 AM
redsnapper 12 Nov 07 - 06:01 AM
oggie 12 Nov 07 - 08:51 AM
GLoux 12 Nov 07 - 10:01 AM
Les from Hull 12 Nov 07 - 10:44 AM
Brakn 12 Nov 07 - 12:36 PM
PoppaGator 12 Nov 07 - 12:59 PM
Wesley S 12 Nov 07 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,Ermintruder 12 Nov 07 - 02:17 PM
GUEST,irishenglish 12 Nov 07 - 02:38 PM
PoppaGator 12 Nov 07 - 05:18 PM
rangeroger 12 Nov 07 - 08:16 PM
mrdux 12 Nov 07 - 11:31 PM
Brian Hoskin 13 Nov 07 - 04:50 AM
Brian Hoskin 13 Nov 07 - 04:52 AM
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PoppaGator 13 Nov 07 - 12:32 PM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 13 Nov 07 - 12:39 PM
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Subject: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,Homey
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 06:20 PM

Is this guy the best guitar bassist ever or what?


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: David C. Carter
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 06:36 PM

In the jazz field it has to be for me Charles Mingus.

In rock,Rick Danko of the band, was no mean son of a bitch on frettless bass.

Cheers

David


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 06:38 PM

Very good, but I can think of several more-Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, Dave Pegg,right off the top of my head.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,geno99
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 07:15 PM

the only good bassist is a dead one, IMHO...just remember, the bass only has 4 strings, so being best at the bass is still only the equivalent of being mediocre on any other instrument...


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,geno99
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 07:19 PM

haha, only joking. Really I like Mark King of Level 42. He gat the funk!!!


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 07:23 PM

geno, don't forget that most bass players these days play a 5 string, and sometimes you will see an occasional six string as well. Couple of others that spring to mind though are Roger Glover and Chris Campbell from the Silver Bullet Band


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 08:06 PM

Dik Cadbury


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Bert
Date: 10 Nov 07 - 09:02 PM

Our own Gutbucketeer.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 01:18 AM

herbie flowers..

never plays a note a song dont need ..

always plays the most precise right note in the right space with the least effort
to make a song sound better than any pop star ever imagined they could claim credit for..


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 03:23 AM

Danny Thompson.

eric


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Severn
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:28 AM

The late Ray Brown


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: fat B****rd
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 06:03 AM

Yes to Ray Brown, Danny Thompson and Charlie Mingus. Herbie Flowers is excellent but he did write "Grandad".


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: David C. Carter
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 06:12 AM

I heard he co-wrote it with a gentleman by the name of Ken Pickett.

But I could be wrong on that.

David


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: cptsnapper
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 07:07 AM

Lee Abbott of Magna Carta


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 07:08 AM

No, not keen on what that guy is doing.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: van lingle
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 07:31 AM

If you like electric bass players maybe youtube has got some Stanley Clarke (played with Return to Forever)or Jaco or Jennifer Batten. I ditto Danny Thompson whose musicality and all around ability on acoustic upright is mind boggling. Also Gary Peacock, Scott LaFaro and the late Paul Chambers among many others.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 08:52 AM

Olly Blanchflower was a great double-bass player.
Saw him a few times with Melanie Harrold.
Is he still gigging?


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: number 6
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 09:27 AM

The late Jaco Pastorius, pre mentioned in this thread.

I'd like to add Charlie Hayden (quite obviously) and Jack Bruce for his extraodinary contribution to rock bass players.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 11:15 AM

Only reason I didn't mention people like Mingus and Danny Thompson is the original question asked for bass guitar players, not double bass. But I can think of no two finer for that then Mingus and Thompson!


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 11:33 AM

I saw Jack Bruce's "Lifetime" shortly after the demise of "Cream" and the sound was the biggest mess I ever heard.

Bass needs space (like the P-funk).


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: number 6
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 12:37 PM

Saw Cream live once ... and seen takes from their last concert at the Albert Hall .... some of the finest live (rock) bass playing I ever witnessed let alone heard.

The bass needs to get out and be played sometimes ... stand out front ... let loose from from just laying down the back beat.

Never really did care for P-Funk myself.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: patriot1314
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 02:15 PM

Jack Bruce or the late Gary Thain for me


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: fat B****rd
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 02:20 PM

Quite correct, sir. Electric bass players. Norman Watt Roy from The Blockheads.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: number 6
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 03:43 PM

correction to my post above at 11 Nov 07 - 09:27 AM .

Charlie Haden, not Hayden.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 04:54 PM

If you want legends, how about Les Hurdle?


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: oggie
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:12 PM

IMHO he is not the best by any means. If you want that style of bassist check out Billy Sheehan (largely responsible for that rock bass solo style) or Stu Hamm (who wrote the textbooks).

Other than that I agree with a lot of the names nominated above,

Steve


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:28 PM

Well, Steve, if you are dissing Les, Les always told me he was resonsible for "discobass" and the resulting tendonitus in bass players. But he was also reponsible for the fat and slow basslines under some Tom Jones stuff, and a whole lotta other stuff too. Tone was in the left hand then. Indeed I'm not sure but I think he Wombled some of the time as well....


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: topical tom
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:47 PM

Stephen Barry, formerly of the Stephen Barry Band.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,redmax
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 05:07 AM

Colin Hodgkinson (Back Door), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna) and Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge/Cactus).


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 05:40 AM

Jack Bruce


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: redsnapper
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 06:01 AM

Jaco Pastorius without a doubt.

RS


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: oggie
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 08:51 AM

Richard, I was replying to the question posed in the original post, not "dissing" anyone.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GLoux
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 10:01 AM

There are so many great bass players already listed but I have to add another...Tyrone Brown is a great jazz bass player.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Les from Hull
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 10:44 AM

The electric bass guitar is not a solo instrument. Anybody who plays one alone for more than 2 bars should have their botty smacked. A best bassist should understand the role of the bass guitar in music. That's why the best bassist is Jack Bruce. I learnt all I ever knew about bass playing from Jack's playing. Unfortunately, I never learnt all he knew!


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Brakn
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 12:36 PM

Anyone remember Stevie Amazing?


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: PoppaGator
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 12:59 PM

No mention yet of Paul McCartney? I think he was historically important, if nothing else, as a real innovator in the development of rock bass playing (and I think Jack Bruce would concur!).

Three more great ones not previously mentioned:

Donald "Duck" Dunn ~ Stax/Volt house band (aka Booker T & the MGs).

James Jameson ~ of the Motown "Funk Brothers."

George Porter Jr. ~ The Meters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, etc.

And a big "amen" to prior mentions of Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Jack Casady, Jaco, and my favorite singing bass player of all time, Rick Danko.

Rick would deserve consideration as an all-time great bass player even if he had never sung a note, and he'd also be one of the greatest vocalists ever recorded even if he had never touched an instrument.

For years, my sons have been trying to sell me on the merits of Les Claypool (the guy featured in the video at the top of this thread), and although he is obviously highly skilled, I think he falls well sort of the "musical genius" category ~ while many of bassists mentioned in this thread really do rate such very high praise.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Wesley S
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 01:46 PM

For electric bass - John Entwistle. Discussion over as far as I'm concerned.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,Ermintruder
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 02:17 PM

Bruce Hall, Jon Wetton And Gary Strater. Can't think of a folk bassist who isn't overrated.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 02:38 PM

Les from Hull,
What a shame that you think just because of the traditional role that the bass has played in electric music that the few people who have stood up and decided that the bass doesn't have to be limiting should be smacked! Jack Bruce is great, but anything that can make a sound can be a lead instrument. DId you ever think that most of the guys that have been mentioned are good because they stood around just keeping plodding time? No, they decided to do something that stretched the capability of their instrument, and since most bass players are former guitarists, can you blame them! Dave Pegg has said that his amazing bass work on the classic instrumental Dirty LInen was not because he dreamed of playing a jig on the bass, but because he couldn't think of anything else to do! I don't know if that's true, but he single handedly did something with a bass that had never really been done, and for that he should be slagged because its more than two bars?


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: PoppaGator
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 05:18 PM

The bass has a well-defined role in emsemble musicianship, and the greatest bass players, to my mind, are great not because they play the bass as some kind of bastardized "lead instrument," but because they have found unique ways to maximize the contribution of their instrument in its proper role as an element of a performance's foundation.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: rangeroger
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 08:16 PM

Michael Manring for a good example of the bass as a lead and even solo instrument.
rr


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: mrdux
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 11:31 PM

Scott LaFaro (played bass with Bill Evans and Paul Motian) and Ron Carter should be added. also Phil Upchurch.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 04:50 AM

Another couple of influential electric bass players not yet mentioned (probably because they fall even further away from folk and blues than most of the above) are Bernard Edwards (most noted for his role in the band Chic) and Robbie Shakespeare (most noted as half of Sly and Robbie).


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 04:52 AM

On the other hand, if we were sticking to folk and blues and including upright basses, then I'm surprised no one has metioned Willie Dixon


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: Grab
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 12:15 PM

About now, the following joke becomes inevitable...

A scientific expedition disembarks from its plane at the final outpost of civilization in the deepest Amazon rain forest. They immediately notice the ceaseless thrumming of native drums. As they venture further into the bush, the drums never stop, day or night, for weeks.

The lead scientist asks one of the natives about this, and the native's only reply is "Drums good. Drums never stop. Very BAD if drums stop."

The drumming continues, night and day, until one night, six weeks into the trip, when the jungle is suddenly silent. Immediately the natives run screaming from their huts, covering their ears. The scientists grab one boy and demand "What is it? The drums have stopped!"

The terror-stricken youth replies "Yes! Drums stop! VERY BAD!"

The scientists ask "Why? Why? What will happen?"

Wild-eyed, the boy responds,

" . . . BASS SOLO!!!" -


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: PoppaGator
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 12:32 PM

Willie Dixon: Amen!

How could we have forgotten to mention him, for a whle week!


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 12:39 PM

I never had the pleasure of seeing Mingus in person. I know how good he sounded on records. I did see the late Ray Brown, playing with Oscar Peterson and Ed Thigpen on drums, in a club in Seattle in 1961 or '62. For me, Ray Brown's playing was a thing of beauty. I cannot recall ever seeing a person become one with his instrument in quite the same way. He could appear to caress the strings, with seemingly little effort, and all these wonderful, complex sounds would emerge. Of course, as a lowly G.I. on weekend pass, I was blissfully unaware of how highly regarded he - and they - were at the time. I just knew I was enthralled by what I saw and heard.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: oggie
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 01:11 PM

The most charismatic bass player I ever saw was Phil Lynott. OK it's a bit of a cheat as he was also lead vocalist but onstage he was pure presence.

All the best

Steve


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: M.Ted
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 02:06 PM

For the record, Larry Graham is generally credited with inventing slap or pop bass technique--And the fact that bass can be effectively used as a solo instrument, doesn't mean that every one who plays a blistering bass solo (often literally blistering) is a genius.


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Subject: RE: Best Bassist
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 02:39 PM

I didn't mention Willie Dixon because the author of the original post asked for bass Guitar players, not uprights, which has already been mentioned. And no problem mentioning different genres of music though, or being a singer/bassist doesn't matter either!


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