+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 141

Thread: Great Bass Players

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Senior Member Krunchy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,127

    Great Bass Players

    Chest Pounding Bass!
    Dont know if we already have/had one of these threads (nothing came up on search?) but how about the Lowly BASS.
    As always the bass player rarely gets much attention and without them the Groove just wouldnt sound the same.

    Lets not limit it to Rock for Jazz has had some great talent as well -
    and besides...We All Love Really Good Bass!

    I'll start, one of my favorites has always been Stanley Clarke (kind of obvious but what the hey!) more of a jazz fusion thing but his early stuff is really amazing. Has featured a lot of great guitar players to complement his style...Jeff Beck, Bill Connors and John McLaughlin to name a few. His more recent stuff is a little tame, his 70's stuff is the ticket



    Just play music!

  2. #2
    Senior Member BMWCCA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    5,468
    Far from my field of expertise but, never being short on opinions, I'll offer two of my favorites:

    Michael Manring: http://www.manthing.com/

    Andy Frazier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Fraser

  3. #3
    Senior Member richluvsound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    london england
    Posts
    1,960

    Andyoz !

    Tony Levin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcbSjC9tAY8

    Andyoz and I saw this guy with Gabriel last summer. Amazing to watch this man play. Stanley Clark can rock the boat too ! "Illegal" from East River Drive Krunchy, You wait till the 18" start pumpin this at ya

    Rich

  4. #4
    Senior Member rs237's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    398
    Quote Originally Posted by Krunchy View Post
    Chest Pounding Bass!
    Dont know if we already have/had one of these threads (nothing came up on search?) but how about the Lowly BASS.
    As always the bass player rarely gets much attention and without them the Groove just wouldnt sound the same.

    Lets not limit it to Rock for Jazz has had some great talent as well -
    and besides...We All Love Really Good Bass!

    I'll start, one of my favorites has always been Stanley Clarke (kind of obvious but what the hey!) more of a jazz fusion thing but his early stuff is really amazing. Has featured a lot of great guitar players to complement his style...Jeff Beck, Bill Connors and John McLaughlin to name a few. His more recent stuff is a little tame, his 70's stuff is the ticket
    Hello Krunchy,

    Yes, I agree with you. I love him since 1975.

    Regards
    Juergen
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  5. #5
    Senior Member Fred Sanford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Shenandoah Valley
    Posts
    1,608
    I'm gonna type this quick, and not check name spelling...these are influences & inspirations, very random styles.

    Wilbur Bascombe
    Geezer Butler
    John Patitucci
    Phil Chen
    Larry Graham
    Les Claypool
    Sting
    John Deacon
    Geddy Lee
    Norwood Fisher
    Mike Watt
    Stu Hamm
    Paul McCartney
    Graham Maby
    John Paul Jones
    Marcus Miller
    John Entwistle
    Victor Wooten
    Lee Sklar
    Dave Hope

    ...I'll kick myself later for forgetting others, but that's a start.

    je

  6. #6
    Senior Member Ducatista47's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Peoria, Illinois
    Posts
    1,356
    Electric, if those no longer with us count, Jaco Pastorius. Stand-up, Ron Carter.

    Jaco needs no explanation.

    Carter is capable of much more melodic soloing than his peers. He can do this partially because his intonation is better. His sense of swing and blue notes is unbelievable.

    My new kid on the block award goes to Tal Wilkenfield.

    Peter Washington with the Bill Charlap Trio is the best I have heard live in many, many years.

    I have no qualifications to even hold an opinion on this other than having played the bass myself, pretty badly I would say.

    Clark in Peoria
    Information is not Knowledge; Knowledge is not Wisdom

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Sanger, Texas
    Posts
    559
    Jeff Berlin ain't too shabby either.
    Harvey "Hifi" Gerst
    ("Hifi" was my nickname at JBL.)

  8. #8
    Senior Moment Member Oldmics's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Between Venus and Mars
    Posts
    848

    I"m with Harvey-Berlin is Amazing

    I also want to nominate Jerry Peeks.

    Played with the Steve Morse trio for awhile.

    First bass player I ever saw who tastefully used a whammy bar.

    Oldmics

  9. #9
    Senior Member Skywave-Rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    313
    Krunchy,
    I thought you'd say Tony Levin!

    Let's see...
    I like everybody, but for CHEST POUNDING I'll add
    Jeff Magnum
    John Entwistle
    John Wetton

    and I love
    Carol Kaye

    I just remembered that a few months ago I saw Bootsy Collins walking around on the street with a bass on his back wearing silver pants. That was cool.


    Sorry, was supposed to pick one?

  10. #10
    Senior Member Ducatista47's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Peoria, Illinois
    Posts
    1,356
    Tina Weymouth
    John McVie
    Charlie Hayden
    Steve Swallow
    Adam Clayton
    Bootsy Collins
    Rick Danko
    Phil Lesh
    Rick James
    Carl Radle
    Larry Graham

    and how about
    Bill Wyman
    Roger Waters
    Brian Wilson
    Information is not Knowledge; Knowledge is not Wisdom

  11. #11
    Senior Member Skywave-Rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    313
    Oh yeah, Brian Wilson, Rick Danko! Good ones Ducatista!
    I didn't see Duck Dunn yet, did I?
    Yes, Oznob got him!

    Last edited by Skywave-Rider; 02-22-2008 at 06:25 AM. Reason: OZNOB got him

  12. #12
    Senior Member stephane RAME's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Haut de seine - FRANCE
    Posts
    598

    New best young bassist

    New best young bassist :

    http://www.talwilkenfeld.com/Tal.html


  13. #13
    Senior Member greyhound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    netherlands
    Posts
    284
    Quote Originally Posted by Ducatista47 View Post
    Tina Weymouth
    John McVie
    Charlie Hayden
    Steve Swallow
    Adam Clayton
    Bootsy Collins
    Rick Danko
    Phil Lesh
    Rick James
    Carl Radle
    Larry Graham

    and how about
    Bill Wyman
    Roger Waters
    Brian Wilson

    do you realy think these are great bass players or are you just summing up a lot of bass players
    finally i have a pair of 604 8g's....there not easy to find in the netherlands

  14. #14
    Senior Member Ducatista47's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Peoria, Illinois
    Posts
    1,356
    Quote Originally Posted by greyhound View Post
    do you realy think these are great bass players or are you just summing up a lot of bass players
    I think they are great. When a band is great, or at least has a great groove, the bass player is usually a large part of the reason. With the drummer the bass player is the rhythm section, after all.

    Tina Weymouth - See the "Old Grey Whistle Test" appearance playing Psycho Killer

    Charlie Hayden, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham - all innovators of the highest order. Hear Charlie Hayden pioneering free jazz with Ornette Coleman

    Steve Swallow is a first class jazz player who, like Hayden, can play anything well and most things much better than well. He defines the modern era in many ways and is all over its history.

    John McVie - from John Mayall to Peter Green's FM to later, smooth Fleetwood Mac (he is the Mac), a really excellent bass player

    Rick James - maybe you have never heard Super Freak

    Phil Lesh - get past Jerry Garcia and hear a really awesome bass player. Stephen Stills wanted to be the Gratefull Dead's bass man, but as he said they already had Phil Lesh.

    Adam Clayton, Rick Danko, Carl Radle, Brian Wilson, Roger Waters - they are not flashy and make it look so easy, no one noticed their playing. All great players in their roles.

    Bill Wyman - a really special talent, completely ignored. The only Rolling Stone beside Brian and Charlie who could hear swing. The Stones sounded like the Stones because of him. By playing a tiny bit late, he imparted a real sense of time and rhythm, propelling the tunes in a really unique way. It is the usually undefined x-factor that gave classic Stones songs their sound, that sort of dragging yet pulling like a freight train feel.

    I mentioned Tal Wilkenfield on the first page, but I must have buried it in senseless prose. Which I was trying to avoid by just making a list. I never seem to get it right.

    Clark
    Information is not Knowledge; Knowledge is not Wisdom

  15. #15
    Senior Member Ducatista47's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Peoria, Illinois
    Posts
    1,356
    Quote Originally Posted by Krunchy View Post
    and besides...We All Love Really Good Bass!
    Never were truer words uttered in the planet's history!

    Did I miss it, or did no one mention Jamie (James Lee) Jamerson yet? He is the most sampled player on Earth, I think, and of course played on nearly all the Motown classic hits. How about it, guys, was Motown bass OK with you?

    Right, Paul McCartney. He can be unbelievable when the muse strikes. And Tony Levin I too have heard live. One really talented dude. The Chapman Stick is one cool - whatever it is.

    I'm a huge Chess Records & Chicago Blues fan, so how about Willie Dixon.

    One of the more interesting bass players I heard was Jimmy Page. Yes, James Patrick Page of Surrey, England. When I saw the Yardbirds in Chicago, he was playing bass with the group. In interviews he said he was "having trouble sticking to a root thing." No lie. As Neil Young would say, he was all over the f***ing thing. I do not think this brief period made it onto vinyl, unfortunately.

    One more - Stephen Stills, Captain Manyhands on the first CSN album. One of the best ever.

    Krunchy, I have a particular Ron Carter album in mind but I have to dig up the title. Give me a day or two. Jaco, I don't know where to start, but his three or so cuts on Joni Mitchell's Hejira are a good place. The last track, Refuge Of The Roads, will show what for. And wait 'till you see Peter Washington!

    Lar, Ray Brown is a first ballot hall of famer, forgive the baseball reference. Solid and then some. If I were not so high on Ron Carter, he would be my number one jazz bassist.

    Clark
    Last edited by Ducatista47; 02-21-2008 at 08:17 PM. Reason: Forgot a few
    Information is not Knowledge; Knowledge is not Wisdom

+ Reply to Thread

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Bass for my Fender Jazz Mod Roscoe Beck
    By audiophile.1963 in forum Lansing Product DIY Forum
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 06-30-2007, 02:21 PM
  2. Sub bass extension gets extended to play lower and louder than before!
    By JBL 4645 in forum Lansing Product DIY Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-09-2007, 04:15 PM
  3. Dumb audio questions
    By SEAWOLF97 in forum General Audio Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 12-15-2006, 10:55 PM
  4. JBL 4425: oiling the veneer, and bass boom
    By carolax in forum Lansing Product Technical Help
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 07-06-2003, 07:29 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts