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Old 06-15-2008, 05:14 AM
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Default Favorite Bass Players

We all have our favorite drummers. But, some of us play different instruments besides drums. Therefore, one tends to have favorite players of that instrument.

For you bass players out there, who is your favorite bass players?

Tell us:
Who they are
Whatever band they play in
What style they have
Why you like them
How they influenced you

And if you want, show us some videos, songs, or whatever about them.

Here's mine:
ryan martinie
mudvayne
funk, slap bass
he has definetely a revolutionary bassist in metal with his uber complex basslines. he makes the songs more "interesting". he is known for flicks and a flemenco style, not normally found in metal. he's also awesome at bass chords.
well, he hasn't influenced me playing-wise, but he sure has influenced me to push my musical boundries and combine styles of music.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:52 AM
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An old rocker. ANDY PYLE

Blodwin Pig in the 70's & then Wishbone Ash (& other various) together with sessions.Still playing.
Just stands relaxed, often leaning on his stack, playing with fingers, the most amazing running bass lines.
Would love to play a gig with that guy.

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In no particular order...Stanley Clarke, Charles Mingus, Billy Sheehan, John Paul Jones, John Wetton, Stu Hamm, Mo Foster, Bill Laswell, Jeff Berlin, Percy Jones, Tony Franklin, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn and John Alderete. These cats simply are some of the "best of the best".
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:56 AM
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Hey, great thread and my 2nd most favorite topic!

First, I shall bow & kneel to the Gods before I go any further.

Jaco Pastorius * Ron Carter * Charlie Haden * Stanley Clark.



That out of the way, there are some greats in no particular order:

James Jamerson
( The king of R&B..one of Jaco's inspirations )

Hadrien Feraud ( watch out for this kid, he's the Tony Williams of electric bass.. hear him with John MacLaughlin )

Victor Wooten ( we all know him )

Adam Nitti
( Killer 6 string virtuoso )

Gary Willis
( A pfatter groove isn't possible, hear him with Tribal tech.. watch his left leg as he plays..funny as heck )

Paul McCartney ( lost a lot of money to a one legged chick recently )

Jack Bruce
( an essential 1/3 of super group Cream.. he & Eric hated each other )

Oteil Oubridge ( Another 6 stringer redefining bass playing )

Gary Peacock ( The ultimate acoustic trio player. Helped DeJohnette sound as good as he did... a Zen master too )

Matt Garrison
( Another young monster with great genes.. hes the son of Coltrane's bass player Jimmy Garrison.. hear him with Scott Kinsey)

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:02 AM
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Pino Palladino, John Paul Jones, Stefan Lessard, Jack Bruce, Noel Redding, Paul McCartney, Francis Rocco Prestia & Bootsy Collins are the first that come to mind
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:46 PM
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I think that these guys are great....
Lee Sklar
Geddy Lee
Tony Levin
Nathan East
Mike Porcaro
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:49 PM
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Really liking Tony Levin during his King Crimson days ('Discipline' basically) his phrasing is what I most admire. It's really something quite unique. I like Colin Greenwood as well for his beautifully understated bass parts; quite in contrast to his brothers' lead guitar!
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I like John Entwistle from the who.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:31 PM
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Stephan Lessard: Dave Matthews Band

His talent and ability to read and write music has inspired me for nearly 2 decades now. He was only 16 when he was asked to join the DMB and that alone speaks volumes. While most would only think of the work he does with the DMB, his heart and soul is entrenched in hard rock & metal music. Most don't get to see that side of Stephan's writing, but if one searches it out.. its out there for those that are curious.

Diversity is encouraging to me from the standpoint of musicianship. Stephan has never dissapointed.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:01 PM
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just has to be Jaco,Marcus Miller,Tony Levin....and also i love Fleas style...would love to jam with him...
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:37 PM
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In the perfect universe, these would be the bass players I would want to perform with most.

Charles Mingus
Jimmy Garrison
Ron Carter
Michael Henderson
Dave Holland

No Jaco. He would always be playing my drums without permission.
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Flea for me I love old school (1983 - 1988) chilli peppers
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I really dig Paul Jackson actually - he's such a spot on bassist and grooves like hell. You gotta love Bootsy as well - especially his stuff with James Brown like Superbad and Sex Machine of course.

As for jazz - I think Ron Carter is just the most beautiful bassist and Gingerbread Boy of Miles Smiles has the most awesome bass at the end where it's just him and Tony..
Paul Chambers just had groove and I think he was quite ahead of his time and the same goes for Jimmy Garrison - especially with his soloing with the pauses in his phrasing and such..

Interestingly I read an interview with Ron Carter on the net once and he was talking about playing with Elvin (on The Real McCoy) and said it took Elvin a while to get used to him as Elvin was very headstrong and so was Ron, which lead him to say that Garrison wasn't that authoritive (in comparison to him anyway). It made me think actually - anyone agree or disagree with Ron?

Oo - just found the interview: http://thebadplus.typepad.com/dothem...iew_with_.html
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:23 AM
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I'm not a bass player, but my favourites are Hunter Burgan from AFI, Flea from the Chilli Peppers, and Davy de Wit, who is the head of the pop academy here in Enschede. I havent heard him play much, but what I've heard was very impressive and he's a very nice guy too. Here's HisSpace ;), for those who are interested.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:29 PM
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Gary Grainger, Will Lee, Stu Hamm. All classics.
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:04 PM
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Hello, colleagues.

My favourite bass player is John Entwhistle - The Who, he was static, emotion-less but a tornado with his hands and fingers.
Other: Ian Hill/Judas Priest, Steve Harris/Iron Maiden, Geezer Butler/Black Sabbath, Lemmy Ian Kilmister/Motorhead, Cliff Williams-AC/DC, Sean Yseault/White Zombie.

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I really like Jimmy Garrison, Drew Gress, Ron Carter, Matt Penman, Avishai Cohen, Paul Chambers, Reid Anderson, and I think my favorite right now might be William Parker.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:19 PM
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Les Claypool of Primus, Frog Brigade, Oysterhead and others.

Jeff Caxide of Isis

Jaco Pastorius

Tony Levin

And others I can't think of.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:36 PM
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I like Billy Sheehan.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:26 PM
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Jaco Pastorious

John Paul Jones

Geddy Lee

Chris Squire

James Jamerson

Baron Brown


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Old 06-17-2008, 06:28 PM
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I really dig Paul Jackson actually - he's such a spot on bassist and grooves like hell. You gotta love Bootsy as well - especially his stuff with James Brown like Superbad and Sex Machine of course.

As for jazz - I think Ron Carter is just the most beautiful bassist and Gingerbread Boy of Miles Smiles has the most awesome bass at the end where it's just him and Tony..
Paul Chambers just had groove and I think he was quite ahead of his time and the same goes for Jimmy Garrison - especially with his soloing with the pauses in his phrasing and such..
Yep, Bootsy, Jackson, Ron, Chambers and Garrison are amazing. Especially Garrison and Chambers. But then I am in love with all things Coltrane.

I would also add Larry Graham the groove master, Victor Wooten (bit obvious I guess but his ability is incredible), Flea (Older Chili's - it was more real. The early 90's stuff was packed with groove though - just not a fan of anything since One Hot Minute), all types of Stanley Clarke bass playing, Miroslav Vitouš (Now he sings now he sobs is amazing in every way) and I almsot forgot Jaco (his work on Heavy Weather is spot on).
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I belive that roger waters is a great bass player, love that relax style, but as a musician he really wise, the man know's a lot. But about bass execution, expresion and feeling John Paul Jones make's me crazy and his so low profile. Love Geddy Lee to, he have a unique sound ( maby the fender jazz b that he plays or maby the strings, maby both)

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:29 PM
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Steve Harris Iron Maiden
Steve DiGiorgio Death
Alex Webster Cannibal Corpse

Geddy Lee Rush
Geezer Butler Black Sabbath
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:37 PM
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I could listen to these cats all day:

Victor Wooten
Marcus Miller
Ron Carter
Heiri Kanzig

wow.... just wow.......
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Steve Harris, John Entwistle, Cliff Burton and Sid Vicious (had to!)
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pino palladino
stefan lessard
tony hall
merlo
neil evans
rob marscher
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:49 PM
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Les Claypool (Primus, etc)
Flea (RHCP)
Rob Trujillo (Metallica)

All of them can do some funky ass solos.
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John Angle jr.
Marcus Miller
Jimmy Haslip
Abe Labriel
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:40 PM
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I'm really into Richard Davis at the moment. Really liking his explorative nature into sounds and rhythms on the bass, moving away from some of the more straight ahead techniques. Love his stuff with Dolphy, Andrew Hill and Roland Kirk.
Cecil McBee has reallly caught my ear too - especially on Thembi by Pharoah Sanders. The track 'Love' is such amazing bass playing.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:43 PM
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pino palladino
stefan lessard
tony hall
merlo
neil evans
rob marscher
Merlo? From Jack Johnson? That guy is awesome! I saw him in a show and he randomly broke out rapping on one song and it was awesome.
Also, I like Christian Mcbride, Jimi Jazz from G. Love and Special Sauce, Jaun Nelson from Ben Harper, played this breakdown live that was awesome, and shannon Birchnell (sp?) from John Butler Trio.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:56 PM
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Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten are just groove machines. I can never stop listening to them.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:59 PM
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Well...

my favorites would be:

Geddy Lee
John Entwistle
Cary Ziegler
Brian Bromberg
Steve Harris
Stanley Clarke
Billy Sheehan
Victor Wooten


To name a few.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:44 AM
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Cliff burton all the way, because he was a geniune bass, player he once said that he 'd be the best bass player in the whole world, he said that because of his brother who recently at that time died..forget about all that headbanging on stage and s*** the man got definitely INSANE rhythms and sounds.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:49 AM
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I only know a few but Victor Wooten is at my top.
When he was playing with steve smith it was superb
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:28 AM
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Well...

my favorites would be:

Geddy Lee - Just such a musically talented bassist. A genius. Rush legend.
John Entwistle - If he's not on your list...you shouldn't have one. The Who legend.
Cary Ziegler - Local bassist(Maryland) Phenomenal player. Crack The Sky's best ever!
Brian Bromberg - Jazz great, and only stand-up player on this list. Incredible bassist!
Steve Harris - Iron Maiden's legendary basser. Just so damn fast and clean. Wheww...
Stanley Clarke - Jazz legend. Maybe the greatest ever. Smooth, stylish and fast!
Billy Sheehan - Up there with SH as a rock bassist. Seen him twice. My jaw still hurts!
Victor Wooten - The modern-day Stanley Clarke, but with his own style. Can play anything quick, clean, and with so much style and feel. Wow!
John Myung - Just listen to any Dream Theater song. And check him out in the dvds. This guy is just sick. You know this guy practices. Amazing! And that Chapman Stick...WOW!

That's my favorites as of now. I just love these players! Amazing talent.


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Old 12-15-2008, 09:05 AM
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My favorite dog was named Jaco so y'all know my all-time # 1 guy.
some others are:

Ron Carter
Gary Peacock
Charlie Haden
Dave Holland

Gary Willis
Victor Wooten
Adam Nitti
Hadrien Feraud
Jonas Hellborg
Matt Garrison

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pino palladino
stefan lessard
tony hall
merlo
neil evans
rob marscher
add charlie hunter to my list.
i guess he counts as a bass player...?
neil and rob from my original list play bass keys.

check out "in repair" by john mayer
the bass and lead guitar lines are played simultaneously by him.
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:01 AM
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In the perfect universe, these would be the bass players I would want to perform with most.

Charles Mingus
Jimmy Garrison
Ron Carter
Michael Henderson
Dave Holland

No Jaco. He would always be playing my drums without permission.
Dave Holland, played drums for Judas Priest. He left the band after the Ram It Down album, do you refer about him? or is another D.H.?

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Being a guitarist, I really love when bassist's do our job by soloing. That being said, some of my favorite bassists are...

John Entwistle (The Who)
"Fat" Mike Burkett (NOFX)
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Victor Wooten
Jaco Pastorious
Geddy Lee (Rush)
John Myung (Dream Theater)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Steve DiGiorgio (Death)
Matt Freeman (Rancid)
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)

There you go. If you havent already check out Matt Freeman from Rancid. His solo in "Maxwell Murder" is absolutly amazing.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:14 AM
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Phillip Lynott ~ Thin Lizzy.

Ray Manzarek ~ The Doors, who played bass lines on a keyboard bass, amazing.

Roger Glover ~ Deep Purple.

John Deacon ~ Queen.

Sting ~ The Police.

Rob Trujillo ~ Metallica.
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