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Old 04-23-2003, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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best bass players

who are your favorite bass players?

just a few...

jaco pastorius
jack bruce
chris squire
john entwistle
gary pecock
miroslav vitous


the last one is a bass player from Prague, Czechoslovakia who played on a lot of ECM albums and was a member of weather report.
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Old 04-23-2003, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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jack bruce
chris squire
john entwistle


very good choices
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Old 04-23-2003, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I said it before, and I'll say it again -
Any bass player that plays/played in a band led by Billy Corgan. Growl !!!
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Geddy Lee (of Rush), all others pale in comparison
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Geddy Lee (of Rush), all others pale in comparison
um, i knew i would forget someone important.
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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BOOTSY COLLINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



SCOTT OWEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



LES CLAYPOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



FLEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



These guys are, in my opinion, the undeniable four greatest bassists EVER. On top of their INCREDIBLE playing skill, they all also have greater showmanship than any other bassists I can think of. You probably recognize them all, except Scott Owen. He's the bassist from The Living End, an INCREDIBLE Australian rock droup. I've seen them live, and the way that he plays his bass is just the most incredible thing that I have EVER seen. It is just amazing how he can work that thing... he stands on the side of it and plays it, he picks it up like a guitar... you have to see it in person to truly believe it.
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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HOW THE HELL DID I FORGET...

CHARLES MINGUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



If you've never heard of him, he is one of the most important jazz musicians ever. Duke Ellington had the Piano, Louis Armstrong had the trumpet, and Charles Mingus had the bass. He is, quite easily, the greatest bassist ever. The only reason I forgot him in the last post is because then I was thinking along the lines of modern bassists; people who we can still go and see in concert today. Charles Mingus is long since dead, but you HAVE to listen to his music... it's just amazing, if you like jazz. And even if you don't, it's still amazing.
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Tony Levin (My personal Favorite)
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Flea (RHCP)
Steve Harris (Maiden! Dude!)
Scott Thunes (Anybody who can keep up with Zappa deserves at least a mention.)
Mike Gordon (Phish)

From the Jazz School
   Victor Wooten (Flecktones)
   Jaco Pastoreus (His music bores me, but I recognize the greatness)

From the old School
   John Entwhistle
   John Paul Jones
   Chris Squire
   Paul McCartney (Don't sell him short just because he used to be pretty.)

Also probably deserving mention are the bassists for Soundgarden and Infectious Grooves, but I don't know their names.
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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HOW THE HELL DID I FORGET...

CHARLES MINGUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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...And even if you don't, it's still amazing.
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Of course, Mingus. Man who made bass an instrument instead of a drum with four narrow heads.

I still can't take his tunes, but you're right, he was awesome.
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Victor Wooten - don't really like their music, but they guy is amazing. Les Claypool a distant second.

Thank god nobody has mentioned Roger Waters to this point.
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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John Entwistle (R.I.P.)
Geddy Lee
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, forgot one. Billy Sheehan.
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Victor Wooten - don't really like their music, but they guy is amazing. Les Claypool a distant second.

Thank god nobody has mentioned Roger Waters to this point.
The key to Victor Wooten for folks who don't like Jazz is a song called "The Lonliest Monk". Low key virtuoso bowed bass performance with some interesting slap/slide effect, but incredibly amusing.

I don't think anyone would argue that Roger Waters was anything but a solid bassist. His genius, such as it is, is in turning his neuroses into universal teenage truth in his lyrics, and then surrounding himself with the right people to make the songs work well.
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Old 04-23-2003, 06:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Tom Petersson
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Bass. Playing the bass in a group is easy. Playing it well is genius. I've got to agree with all of those mentioned here. I'd like to add one more: Mike Oldfield. Tubular bells. The guy played a million instraments, all of them well.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:16 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Les Claypool and Geezer Butler.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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From the Jazz School
   Victor Wooten (Flecktones)
   Jaco Pastoreus (His music bores me, but I recognize the greatness)

I was wondering how long I'd have to wait until I saw someone mention Victor. I think he's one of the most amazing bass players out there.

From the school of bluegrass I must say Mark Schatz and Todd Phillips are definitely two of the best upright bass players.

A lot of my other choices have already been mentioned so I don't need to mention them again.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:54 PM   #19 (permalink)
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What do you think about Stu Hamm?


Plays with Joe Satriani.
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Old 04-24-2003, 04:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i personally love flea, ever hear him play solo? its amazing

also the bassist from YES, sorry i am not good with names!
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Old 04-24-2003, 04:39 PM   #22 (permalink)
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(in no order)
Jaco
Flea
JPJ
Victor Wooten
Les Claypool
Cliff Butron

Jaco was amazing though. I play bass, too, and the speed that he plays at is amazing.
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Old 04-24-2003, 05:38 PM   #23 (permalink)
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NOFX's Fat Mike. He's an incredibly underrated, surprisingly good bassist... there are parts of The Decline where I'm just blown away.
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Old 04-24-2003, 11:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2003, 04:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 04-26-2003, 02:55 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 04-26-2003, 07:44 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Les Claypool
Geddy Lee
Flea
I don't know the persons name but I recently saw Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Great stuff.
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Old 04-26-2003, 07:03 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 04-27-2003, 06:39 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Jesus; Doesn't ANYONE remember Barry Oakley??
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:33 AM   #31 (permalink)
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<b>bullgoose</b>, maybe it's a stylistic thing. Barry Oakley was certainly excellent, but I don't see any bassists listed from trippy/improv bands (with the exception of my mention of Mike Gordon from Phish). You may be right that he deserves mention, but, with Barry, you also need to mention Phil Lesh. Same kind of style, same degree of skill.

<b>Atomic Pinkie</b>, is Trujillo from Infectious Grooves/Suicidal Tendencies? If so, you're right - speed metal meets funk to excellent effect.
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Old 04-28-2003, 08:56 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I see a lot of jazz bassists, but no William Parker?
IMO one of the best still making music.
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<b>bullgoose</b>, maybe it's a stylistic thing. Barry Oakley was certainly excellent, but I don't see any bassists listed from trippy/improv bands (with the exception of my mention of Mike Gordon from Phish). You may be right that he deserves mention, but, with Barry, you also need to mention Phil Lesh. Same kind of style, same degree of skill.

<b>Atomic Pinkie</b>, is Trujillo from Infectious Grooves/Suicidal Tendencies? If so, you're right - speed metal meets funk to excellent effect.
Actually, my personal favorite bass player is a guy you've most likely never heard of, from a band that I'm sure you've only heard one song by (if that). The guys name is Corky Laing, the band is Mountain (with Leslie West); it's an era difference; I'm old-school, at 56 I rarely listen to new music, so my point of reference is what I was listening to in my '20's. For instance, I haven't seen Noel Redding's name in this thread (I may have missed it), yet he was Jimi Hendrix's bass player in the Experience. You guys have got to cut me a break; I'm old, kinda fucked in the head (for various reasons), but I do know the music of my time pretty well, all I'm doing is trying to point out artists that you might never have heard of, and might like.
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Old 05-07-2003, 06:43 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Geezer Butler.

But the most amazing has to be Jaco Pastorious SOme of the things he has done on a bass is amazing.. If you've never heard his solo stuff I recomend you run out nad get it now.. I even have a few MP3's if anyone wants tthem let me know. I only have his albums on vinyl..
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Old 05-07-2003, 01:56 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Fat mike, the lead man and bassist for my favorite group NoFX is great on bass, and im glad to see KWSN could see that, hes one of the few. Oh, and les claypool kicks some ass on bass too.

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Old 05-12-2003, 08:00 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:11 PM   #37 (permalink)
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NOFX's Fat Mike. He's an incredibly underrated, surprisingly good bassist... there are parts of The Decline where I'm just blown away.

have you heard "the idiots have taken over"?

one of the the best bass intros i have heard from NOFX


Fat Mike
Les Claypool
Roger Waters < wow, no one mentions him, just wow

and me, if I say so myself
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Old 05-13-2003, 06:03 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 05-13-2003, 07:53 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Stu Hamm is amazing, I agree.

Dave Gilmour, although known more for his guitar work with the same group, did do some great basslines on pink floyd albums.
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:01 PM   #40 (permalink)
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