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    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



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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    Jeff Berlin ain't too shabby either.
    Harvey "Hifi" Gerst
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    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

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    For rock Glenn Hughes is awesome, can sing decently as well. For jazz-funk Jamaaladeen Tacuma.

    http://www.glennhughes.com/

    http://www.jazzdimensions.de/intervi...en_tacuma.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaaladeen_Tacuma

    Lar

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    First names out of my head...

    Chuck Rainey
    John Entwistle
    Leland Sklar

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    And don't forget Abe Laborial.
    Harvey "Hifi" Gerst
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    jaco pastorius
    les claypool

    the discussion wich one of them is better continues to pop up every time me and my best friend get drunk

    i say Les he says Jaco
    finally i have a pair of 604 8g's....there not easy to find in the netherlands

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    How about two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers?

    Donald "Duck" Dunn

    Jack Bruce

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    What about the late self-taught Bernard Edwards from Chic. His grooves are some of the worlds most sampled ones.

    Louis Johnson (One of the Brothers Johnson. Played with Michael Jackson on "Thriller", "Off the wall" and "Dangerous" and with George Benson on the "Give me the night" album etc... Nicknamed Thunder Thumbs!

    Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Writes all their stuff.

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    Very Cool! I knew there would be a lot of names that I was not aware of and hopefully that would be of interest to many of us as well.

    If you guys get a chance could you recomend an album or two if you have the time to do so, that would be very helpful as well. Thank you!

    Rich, i remember you or Andyoz (Heather too) talking about Tony Levin and I got my wife the peter gabriel dvd and the guy was pretty amazing.
    I got East River Drive, there are some great songs in there but not the whole album like in the old days,
    "when its cold outside" from Hideaway if pretty hot as well, too short, he could do a 15min jam on that one

    JE, its interesting that you mentioned sting and paul McCartney in your list and rightly so, sting is a really talented player as is paul (super talented bastage ), a lot of names Im not familiar with.

    Oldmics
    "First bass player I ever saw who tastefully used a whammy bar."
    Now that is intersting, can you recommend an "album" that showcases this?

    rs237, like the vinyl Stanley Clarke...nice!

    Jeff Berlin, Jaco, Ron Carter, any particular cd's guys? Thanks!

    dont forget Mr. Mingus!
    Just play music!

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