Favorite bass player/s?

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Favorite bass player/s? Mine are:
Bruce Foxton (The Jam)
Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
Curt Smith (Tears For Fears)

Candice DeLorenzo (divifold), Saturday, 10 June 2006 02:59 (thirteen years ago) link

FLEA! JUST KIDDING!

Uri Frendimein (Uri Frendimein), Saturday, 10 June 2006 03:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Best bass guitarist
Bass Guitarists

Marmot 4-Tay (marmotwolof), Saturday, 10 June 2006 03:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks for the links

Candice DeLorenzo (divifold), Saturday, 10 June 2006 03:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Rick Danko - The Band

shorty (shorty), Saturday, 10 June 2006 03:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I like Bill Laswell a lot. Every time I listen to some sub-par thing he's done (and there are more than a few...), I go back and listen to "Invisible Design" or his work with Painkiller (especially "Execution Ground") and remember why I liked him in the first place.

Cliff Burton's always had a place in my heart, too.

vartman (novaheat), Saturday, 10 June 2006 04:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Jack Bruce

musically (musically), Saturday, 10 June 2006 04:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Pino Palladino - listen to the bass line on Come Back And Stay by Paul Young

JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Saturday, 10 June 2006 08:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Mike Watt

Sweat Loaf (Sweat Loaf), Saturday, 10 June 2006 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Justin Chancellor

StanM (StanM), Saturday, 10 June 2006 13:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm suprised nobody mentioned Paul Mccartney his bass lines really moved in and out of songs. sting also should be mentioned. though not as
techniqually diverse as some. He does amazing stuff while he is singing.

bob smelser (monsterforaday), Saturday, 10 June 2006 14:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I clicked on this thread to big up Macca's bass playing, Bob.

chap who would dare to be a nerd, not a geek (chap), Saturday, 10 June 2006 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Cliff Burton seconded.

also
Steve Harris
Phil Lesh

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Saturday, 10 June 2006 17:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I clicked on this thread to big up Macca's bass playing, Bob.

Me too. I wish I could find a bassist like that.

But I think bass guitars are pretty bland in general, especially the way lots of people play them. I like tuba and contrabass.

Steve Schneeberg (Steve Goldberg), Saturday, 10 June 2006 18:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Percy Jones
Mick Karn
Fernando Saunders (Lou Red '82-present)
Ares Tavolazzi (Area, Eugenio Finardi)
Pino Palladino
Bootsy Collins
John Giblin

Patrick South (Patrick South), Saturday, 10 June 2006 18:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Derek Forbes - Simple Minds

JJ Burnel - Stranglers

musicjohn73 (musicjohn73), Sunday, 11 June 2006 14:24 (thirteen years ago) link

alan bishop
jimmy garrison
john paul jones

sknybrg (sknybrg), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

hook
yang
monnone

electric sound of jim (and why not) (electricsound), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

kim gordon
robin trower

nicky lo-fi (nicky lo-fi), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 04:18 (thirteen years ago) link

nothing succeeds like excess

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timmy tannin (pompous), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 05:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Bootzilla!
Mingus
Amin Ali
Mike Watt
Jamaladeen Tacuma
Larry Graham (sly & family stone)
Michael Henderson (stevie wonder)
Jack Bruce
Phil Lesh before 1972
William Parker
Paulie Mac
Kim Clarke (Defunkt)
Rick Danko

steve ketchup (steve ketchup), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Mingus, Garrison & Wm. Parker disqualified as they emphatically DO NOT play the bass guitar. If they did, their brilliance would blind y'all.

Jack Bruce
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius
Bootsy
Larry Graham
James McNew

J Arthur Rank (Quin Tillian), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Chris Squire
Peter Hook
Geezer Butler
Scott Reeder

LC (Damian), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 16:27 (thirteen years ago) link

"Mingus, Garrison & Wm. Parker disqualified as they emphatically DO NOT play the bass guitar"

question didn't say nothin' about bass guitar, just bass...hell, lets see a list of sousaphone blowers...

sknybrg (sknybrg), Thursday, 15 June 2006 03:23 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

no idea who's my favorite, but i heard the lou reed live of martial law that was dropped on the us politics thread and i thought "oh man, that bass sound is so notably consistent with reed's new sensations album, gotta be the same guy?" fernando saunders, a frequent reed player. taking recommends.

https://youtu.be/vqY2apae6Nk

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Monday, 16 March 2020 18:11 (three weeks ago) link

lol I *hate* his sound, def where I get off the Reed solo discography

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

Bohannon!

brimstead, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:35 (three weeks ago) link

He's like Mr. Fretless B..

One of my favorite bass albums that no one talks about is Sam Phillips' "Martinis & Bikinis," where duties are divided between Jerry Scheff, Colin Moulding and Larry Taylor. Focus on the playing here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKrfI5KGdas

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:44 (three weeks ago) link

(Saunders is Mr. Fretless, that is.)

And oops, that Waits track is awesome but it's Greg Cohen and not what I was talking about. I meant to post this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC27yRuE6yo

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:45 (three weeks ago) link

And even then, I think I meant to post *this* one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezJKEWzSWYY

The bass runs on the chorus are so cool.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:46 (three weeks ago) link

I tend to not really pick favorite instrumentalists/rank people but wth we're all trapped at home now why not

Pete Thomas (I really don't have much time for EC these days but every time I hear one of his basslines I'm like "holy shit, this guy improves every song he plays on")
Paul McCartney
Bootsy Collins
Robbie Shakespeare
Family Man Barrett
John Paul Jones
Larry Graham
Ron Carter
Mani

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:57 (three weeks ago) link

these all strike me as boring/conventional picks but whatever

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:57 (three weeks ago) link

Those are all great, though I never understood the love for Mani. Or that band entirely, tbh, so maybe that's it.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 18:59 (three weeks ago) link

tbc Mani is also on some great Primal Scream records

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:00 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, to the extent I've ever listened to, like, "Xterminator," I don't recall the bass ever sticking out, as much as people love Mani.

The other day I heard "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" on the radio, and listened to the bass, which was surprisingly awesome. (I'm not going to link to it.) Turns out the bassist (who I think stuck with George Michael for years) was a Detroit dude mentored by James Jamerson!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:01 (three weeks ago) link

I mean this one daaaaaamn, such a riff and such a great song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmf_uVKE9tU

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:03 (three weeks ago) link

overdriven sound (not "song" although it is a great song too)

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:04 (three weeks ago) link

Does sound cool. Essentially squelchy bass as sequencer. Kind of like cool Curve bass parts.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:05 (three weeks ago) link

let's see some others

Pino Palladino (just for those D'Angelo records)
Carol Kaye

I admit I'm a guy that prioritizes riffs and melodies over playing a lot of complicated runs or whatever

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:08 (three weeks ago) link

Jenny Lee Lindberg, for one.

☮️ (peace, man), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:10 (three weeks ago) link

I love the dude playing on this whole album but especially this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c349vvwjkXo

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:16 (three weeks ago) link

Holger Czukay, Bootsy, Tina Weymouth, Larry Graham, Rick Danko... off the top of my head.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:20 (three weeks ago) link

The other day I heard "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" on the radio, and listened to the bass, which was surprisingly awesome. (I'm not going to link to it.) Turns out the bassist (who I think stuck with George Michael for years) was a Detroit dude mentored by James Jamerson!

― Josh in Chicago, maandag 16 maart 2020 20:01


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYh9XONmHE

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:22 (three weeks ago) link

someone i mentioned on my blog lately is a guy name of Abraham Laboriel, who i mostly know from his solos on the '76 henry mancini record "Cop Show Themes". really quality stuff tho.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:22 (three weeks ago) link

His son is McCartney's now longtime drummer (among many credits). Musical family!

Speaking of Robbie Shakespeare, check him out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8q1J3CyDU8

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:26 (three weeks ago) link

v.uncool pick in 2020 but Eric Avery still really special ime

another even more uncool pick but I have come to really appreciate roger waters bein the plodding yin to gilmour's virtuosic yang

umsworth (emsworth), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:42 (three weeks ago) link

feel like the members don't really get singled out much, Fugazi was such a unit, but Joe Lally is great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:50 (three weeks ago) link

shout out to Naomi Yang

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 March 2020 19:50 (three weeks ago) link

Deon Estus (George Michael’s bass player) is a great pick, so slept on. “One More Try” is unimaginable without him - such a sparse production that it’s almost a duet between vocal melody and bass countermelody.

thewufs, Monday, 16 March 2020 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

Tracy Wormworth doesn't get as much recognition as she deserves imho. The basslines for 'Christmas Wrapping' and 'I Know What Boys Like' are amazing for instance.

She's got this lovely percolating feel but it's not too showy, like Norman Watt Roy or a funkier Pete Thomas, total joy to listen to.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:44 (three weeks ago) link

But then, for a favorite band of mine, no one in the Talking Heads is one of my favorite *anything*, ironically. More than the sum of their parts, etc.

lol yeah *none* of them stand out as great to me, except maybe Byrne as a lyricist.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:13 (three weeks ago) link

I just don't think about the bass parts of most Talking Heads songs, it's not what sticks out to me

I beg to differ, her basslines rarely do what you expect them to do - I'm talking about their early material btw, don't have much interest beyond that.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:26 (three weeks ago) link

Chris Frantz, on the other hand...

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:27 (three weeks ago) link

I can't believe only one person in the thread has mentioned Mingus! Obviously his role as a band leader was more prominent than as a bass player, but he was pretty great instrumentalist too. Just listen to "Original Faubus Fables" or "Haitian Fight Song", for example.

Besides him, I guess my top 5 would consist of Meshell Ndegeocello, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Bernard Edwards (of Chic), Janice Johnson (of A Taste of Honey), and Buster Williams.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:33 (three weeks ago) link

Mingus is all-time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzGj_-5FGT8

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:35 (three weeks ago) link

While we're at it, I can't believe Tuomas is the first person in the thread to mention Bernard Edwards.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:36 (three weeks ago) link

hell yeah Bernard Edwards and of course Larry Graham

I really like Barnaby Stradling's playing on the 00s Eliza Carthy records

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:36 (three weeks ago) link

I can't believe only one person in the thread has mentioned Mingus!

i mean, shit, i always feel like anytime we do "best [instrument] players" ever, there's like 50-100 midcentury jazz players that are better than any of the rock ppl

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:46 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah ums but - "favorite" is not the same as "best."

The best instrumentalists are usually not my favorites

My favorite instrumentalists are not virtuosi

Taste is a mystery and de gustibus etc.

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:53 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I hadn't really been considering jazz bassists, because there are sooooooo many.

But fusion ... there's Percy Jones, I love his work in Brand X and Eno. Oh, and Nathan East is a beast.

But yeah, of course Edwards, and Bootsy, and Graham, and Verdine White.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:27 (three weeks ago) link

Nathan East is one of my personal heroes and I bought three Yamaha basses mainly because of him

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

I'm a big fan of Doug McCombs, *not* for Tortoise (snooze) but for his work in Eleventh Dream Day.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:34 (three weeks ago) link

James Hornsey of The Clientele is pretty special - subtle, melodic, pushes the songs forward rhythmically in a very unique way

umsworth (emsworth), Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:00 (two weeks ago) link

James fucking Jamerson

brimstead, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:11 (two weeks ago) link

Sara Lee
Tina Weymouth
Meshell Ndegeocello

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

John McVie, man.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:40 (two weeks ago) link

Jah Wobble
Geezer Butler
Bundy Brown
Boris Gardiner

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

Is it safe to say that Bernard Edwards is responsible for creating the most influential and memorable bassline of all time?

In any case, him, obv.

daavid, Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

maybe

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

No.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:55 (two weeks ago) link

Mike Oldfield on those early Kevin Ayers records.
McCartney up until the early eighties.
Herbie Flowers
Dave Richmond for his work on Melody Nelson.

Torei, Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

I can't think of a more famous/immediately recognizable bassline myself but granted I'm not trying too hard

xps

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

Most-sampled or most-imitated is probably not the same as most famous / immediately recognizable.

Like, I think loads of people would recognize the bass parts of "Money" or "The Joker" pretty quickly - which is not to say those are good. Just recognizable. Ditto "Day Tripper" and "Come Together."

love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

Or Under Pressure, or Billie Jean ... But sure, Good Times (if that's the one you mean) is pretty recognizable if only because of "Rapper's Delight."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

...and "Another One Bites The Dust"!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:18 (two weeks ago) link

i gave a customary dad-car-lecture to my 15 y/o on that bassline with forced listens across iterations, and the conclusion was unanimous: it’s awesome.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

We should have a list of least awesome baselines. Like "Runnin' with the Devil."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:26 (two weeks ago) link

I actually just walked into the kitchen to find my kid, and I told him about this argument over what the most memorable baseline is and his immediate response was “it’s got to be _another one bites the dust_.”

😰 *looks over to Usage Panel*

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

Hell, the bassline to Barney Miller is about as recognisable as Good Times.

As much as I like his music I can't agree with Mike Oldfield as a 'good' bass player while he was in The Whole World, technically yeah but he overplays all the time, like a guitarist who is slumming it, mind you he wrote some wicked bass parts for his solo stuff.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

We should have a list of least awesome baselines. Like "Runnin' with the Devil."

― Josh in Chicago

roger waters to thread

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

Greg Norton too, I know Dü are sacred cows but he was a bad bass player.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

A few years ago in work, chatting with my team about music and someone mentioned The Who. A guy in my team, not a big music fan and not really part of the conversation says "My uncle is in The Who". "Yeah sure" was the general response, we asked him his uncle's name: "Pino". I hadn't heard of him and had to Google him.

nate woolls, Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:27 (two weeks ago) link

Pino is fantastic

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

it's funny, Norton is really great now, he had this mathy jazz group with a NY jazz guy and his new power pop thing is really tight

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

He stopped jumping around as much I think :)

Maresn3st, Friday, 20 March 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

i remember seeing the Replacements reunion and Tommy and Paul were so pro and I realized oh yeah these guys have like 30 years more practice

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 March 2020 00:40 (two weeks ago) link

some favorites i haven’t seen mentioned:

johnny dyani
cecil mcbee
willie dixon
andrew bodnar
jimmy blanton
chuck rainey

budo jeru, Friday, 20 March 2020 01:33 (two weeks ago) link

pino did some great work with d'angelo too

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 20 March 2020 01:34 (two weeks ago) link

CHRIS SQUIRE

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 20 March 2020 01:45 (two weeks ago) link

yes!

budo jeru, Friday, 20 March 2020 01:48 (two weeks ago) link

Tony Levin

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 March 2020 02:19 (two weeks ago) link

i was thinking of levin as the only often fretless guy i was aware of, then looked and heard about chapman stick and decided i should stay in my lane which is like pit row.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Friday, 20 March 2020 02:23 (two weeks ago) link

He has plenty of incredible fretted bass parts as well

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 March 2020 02:38 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.fretlessbass.com/levin-tony/

He big-ups Pino, but also Carles Benavent, who I don't know. Chick Corea guy?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 March 2020 03:27 (two weeks ago) link

Kinda nuts to see him do this while talking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6wEAzKVhWE

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 March 2020 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

There's so much sick playing on the King Crimson concert videos from the 80s.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 March 2020 03:48 (two weeks ago) link

Now it's Friday and I've finally had a beer...

Ric Grech
Andy Fraser

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 20 March 2020 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

Keith Olsen from the Music Machine, who passed away a week and a half ago. (Became famous producer.)

timellison, Friday, 20 March 2020 21:15 (two weeks ago) link

Chris Hillman

timellison, Friday, 20 March 2020 21:15 (two weeks ago) link

Top Ten in roughly chronological order:

Jimmy Blanton
Charles Mingus
Oscar Pettiford
James Jamerson
Scott LaFaro
Paul McCartney
John Entwistle
Ron Carter
Bootsy Collins
Larry Graham

birdistheword, Friday, 20 March 2020 22:57 (two weeks ago) link


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