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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Rex Coil 7 » Thu May 27, 2021 2:04 pm

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Maybe I grew up with a different kind of music but my vote goes to Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne, Soften The Glare).
... I listened to Mudvayne all through the early 2,000s ... after a few years of that stuff I started becoming fatigued by their sound and writing. I wish Martini would have been more up front in the mix, his bass was too homogenized into the overall sound for me, I prefer it when the bass is distinct and it's own voice is more prominent.

I liked Martini enough that I bought a Warwick Corvette 6 string along with the right powerhouse amplification, spit out of a single 8x10. I had been fretboard tapping (inspired by John Entwistle) for about two decades before I heard what Martini was doing with it. I was pleased to hear that type of playing in Mudvayne's type of music.

(below) This is kinda nice ... sounds like a mash up of Liquid Tension Experiment and 70's fusion/rock (eg; Dixie Dregs etc...).
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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by tdallas » Thu May 27, 2021 4:37 pm

Rex Coil 7 wrote:
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(below) This is kinda nice ... sounds like a mash up of Liquid Tension Experiment and 70's fusion/rock (eg; Dixie Dregs etc...).
You are very welcome :-) maybe I can interest you in the following band if not already known (sorry, not directly bass player related but the “bass part” should count).


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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Rex Coil 7 » Thu May 27, 2021 7:59 pm

tdallas wrote:
Thu May 27, 2021 4:37 pm
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
Thu May 27, 2021 2:04 pm

(below) This is kinda nice ... sounds like a mash up of Liquid Tension Experiment and 70's fusion/rock (eg; Dixie Dregs etc...).
You are very welcome :-) maybe I can interest you in the following band if not already known (sorry, not directly bass player related but the “bass part” should count).

... so what do we have here ... two guitar players using eight string guitars that trade off soloing while the other covers the bass line .. yea? If I didn't watch the video or see them play some other way, and only listened to the music ... I'm impressed. But the 8 string/bass/guitar switcheroo thing is more of a gimmick than anything that actually adds to their performance or their music. That's just what I'm getting ... given that I've heard exactly one song by them .. so those comments are aimed specifically at this video and this song ... can't speak for the rest of whatever it is they do. As far as ~bass~ goes ... well, I mean, there was a low end foundation but I was unable to hear any actual bass playing ... frankly just a lot of banging on the frets on rather basic bass lines ... I mean they beat the livin hell out of one note!

It just seems as though they would be ~that much better~ with an actual bass player ... one that can keep up with them musically. :tu:
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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by leftbracket » Thu May 27, 2021 8:11 pm

Of those not mentioned thus far: Charlie Haden, Mark Boston (aka Rockette Morton), Mike Mills, Trevor Dunn, Squarepusher, Scott LaFaro.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Chopper » Thu May 27, 2021 8:18 pm

Peter Principle.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by freakynorth » Thu May 27, 2021 8:19 pm

Tina Weymouth
John Entwistle
Kim Gordon
Cecil McBee
Chris Squire
Holger Czukay
To piggy back onto leftbrackets mention of Squarepusher, he rules too!

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by levelhead3 » Thu May 27, 2021 8:32 pm

Steve Di Giorgio has always been one of my heros - whether or not you like heavier stuff there's no denying his brilliant playing, especially his fretless work in Death and Control Denied. :hail:


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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by mrbloor » Fri May 28, 2021 2:44 am

I might be weird but I have a huge soft spot for John Edwards


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Post by naturligfunktion » Fri May 28, 2021 3:49 am

I suppose Tim Drummond should be mentioned as well. I'll bet he has played on at least one of your favourite rock albums.

And when I think about it, Pino Palladino! His bass lines on the Voodoo album is tight, tight, TIGHT!
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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by carbonhazard » Sat May 29, 2021 4:10 am

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dude knew how to play but his tone was always AWFUL. seriously, his bass sound is the worst
Sounds like you needed the best/favourite bass sound thread :doh: ;)
eh, he decided what his tone was like. hard to think of a bass player as the best if he sounds like shit despite all the chops in the world.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by doombient.music » Sat May 29, 2021 6:03 am

Holger Czukay, hands down.

Robin Rodenberg (Bohren & Der Club Of Gore)

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Fog Door » Sat May 29, 2021 7:11 am

he decided what his tone was like
Ah, I see what you mean if you are making that assumption. In my experience the bass player does not have absolute free reign with their tone/sound, particularly within the context of recording. Admittedly, I've never worked with any contenders for best bassist in the world :oops: .

Edit - Obviously I would not have the balls to say anything to Robert Trujillo for example ;)

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Navs » Sat May 29, 2021 7:59 am

To add to the list ...

John Taylor, Roly from the Ozrics, Matthew Seligmann, Bernard Edwards, Steve Harris … Sting :hihi:

Favourite is Mick Karn, tho :hail:

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by carbonhazard » Sat May 29, 2021 8:29 am

Fog Door wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 7:11 am
he decided what his tone was like
Ah, I see what you mean if you are making that assumption. In my experience the bass player does not have absolute free reign with their tone/sound, particularly within the context of recording. Admittedly, I've never worked with any contenders for best bassist in the world :oops: .

Edit - Obviously I would not have the balls to say anything to Robert Trujillo for example ;)
What? Naturally Jaco could decide what gear he used, and while recording could very well have told the engineer if he didn't like how his instrument sounded like. Even I can do it and I play in a low budget rock band.

Sure, he wouldn't have had total control (no one really has total control over anything), but he sure as hell could have fine tuned his tone if he'd cared. Obviously he was more interested in technique and chops than tone or timbre.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by mark.sargison » Sat May 29, 2021 4:02 pm

Colin Greenwood - Radiohead
Jeremy Pritchard - Everything Everything

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by MindMachine » Sun Sep 12, 2021 1:59 am

Prunesquallor wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:34 am
Geddy Lee not yet mentioned? Chris Squire? Lemmy, obviously, although already listed. Throughout my teenage years I thought the only bass worth playing was a Rickenbacker. :hihi:

(Honorable mention - Mick Karn)
They (Geddy and Squire) were mentioned in the very first post. Pay attention. And really Lemmy... compared to Jaco or Ralphe or anybody?

And how I omitted Mike Watt is a mystery. I saw Firehose a few but missed Minutemen. Mike and Chuck worked the bass like no one else. Jonas was good too.

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by moo_lefty » Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:29 am

Carlos D - Interpol
Josh Faveur (RIP) - Deerhunter:


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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by BlinkyLights » Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:04 am

A few favorites in no particular order:

Wooten
Bootsy
Hook
Flea
Jaco
Claypool
Thundercat
Tal Wilkenfield
Tina Weymouth
Carol Kaye
Marcus Miller
Geezer Butler
Cliff Burton
Justin Chancelor
etc

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Re: Best/Favorite Bassists

Post by Antwerp Belgique » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:29 am

Navs wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 7:59 am
To add to the list ...

John Taylor, Roly from the Ozrics, Matthew Seligmann, Bernard Edwards, Steve Harris … Sting :hihi:

Favourite is Mick Karn, tho :hail:
Last time I saw Matthew was here in Berlin. Bless him.

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