I’m amazed that Mel Schacher from Grand Funk didn’t make the list. He is a top 5 easily. That’s pretty hilarious too. Mark White of the Spin Doctors should be on every bass players playlist and this single from their 1991 debut is no exception. Right you are Alan! How many people here are moaning at these guys because their “bassman” is not on the list. 50 best bassist . Better than almost the entire list but never gets any credit! I’m sorry, but any Top 50 list of bass players that has Flea in the top 3 has absolutely ZERO credibility!! Manring has become one of the bass guitar’s greatest experimenters and innovators. It’s good enough not only to anchor the verses, but also choruses that would otherwise be about as melodically and lyrically powerful as boiled lint. Willie Dixon is so renowned as a songwriter that his importance as one of the best bassists of all time often gets over overlooked. How many 60s bands had an iconic bass solo in the middle of their defining song? Duck Dunn is far too close to the bottom of the list. Tony Levin should be higher on the list , as should be Chris Squire. Walk On The Wild Side? Tal Winkenfeld , one of the few female bassist in the world, born 1986. LEMMY? The badass of jazz bass, Charles Mingus (1922–1979) worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Langston Hughes. Entwistle will always be #1! King, Joe Cocker, Albert Collins, Joe Henry, Jewel, Essra Mohawk, and many others! Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. It should go at least to 75. 1.) One change was running through a couple of effects units. Eddie Gomez joined the Bill Evans Trio in 1966 and took jazz bass technique to a new level, expanding on Scott LaFaro’s style. So many of our favorites are not shown. The 'All-American Rhythm Section' with Basie on piano, Freddie Green on rhythm guitar, drummer Jo Jones, and Page was the first well-known rhythm section. These bass players are some of the most famous. Also, Jack Bruce at #8??? Nice effort, but Gerry McAvoy certainly belongs in the top 50. In 1956 he released his first noteworthy album, Pithecanthropus Erectus, which was followed by a string of groundbreaking recordings: The Clown, Mingus Ah Um, and Blues and Roots. “It was like he jumped over the fence and saw it from the other side.”. N Home Forums > Bass Guitar > General Forums [BG] > Bassists [BG] > Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads , post topics , make friends , earn reward points at our store, and more! And he was loud; throwing the bass upfront like few before him. List of famous, dead Bass Guitar players? He wasn’t a “showman” but then I’ve never been impressed with showmen in the rythmn section, that’s the front mans gig. I believe Ron Carter appeared on more albums than anyone else. Please. “How to Prove You Know Nothing about Influencial Bassists in 50 Easy Steps”. Three decades after the humble South African and his fretless Washburn 4-string first appeared on Paul Simon’s Graceland, Kumalo’s immediately recognizable tone and touch on classics like The Boy in the Bubble continues to shine as pitch-perfect examples of non-American bass magic. top 3 minimum. Don’t shoot the messenger! Common wisdom holds that the bass player is the “quiet one” in a band, playing essential parts of a song that you don’t necessarily notice. Discover the 100 best drummers in music history. Let us know in the comments section. More an improvising composer than mere bassist, Lesh elevated the Grateful Dead from hippie jam band to an artistic ensemble capable of reaching heights of interactive ecstasy. Probably should just list them alphabetically since ‘best’ is the most subjective word in the English language! Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse Most of the others are simply following the trail blazed by Jamerson. Like was mentioned, Paul really didn’t want to be a bass player, he just got assigned the role after Stu Sutcliffe, who couldn’t play bass, by the way, left the band in 61. As a bass player of 40 years myself, along the lines of Mel Schacher and Andy Fraser, the late Joe Schermie of Three Dog Night fame was really good. And where is Jeff Berlin? Faltou o saudoso Gary Than(ex-Uriah Heep); o baixista do Grand Funk Railroad; o baixista e vocalista da banda Robin Trower; entre outros. This list is a joke !!! I could name a dozen who belong on this list, as have others, BUT, not including Tim Bogart??? This is a tough and subjective list to comprise, but I had to throw in to this. The Motown original Funk Brothers. 3.) Tal is in a different class than just about anybody on this list. I mean c’mon… When someone pokes the “bear” and makes him angry he “get’s down to business, shall we?… It’s time to stop plyin games”…. he’s played on more hits than most of these other players combined ………….. Carol Kaye, Chuck Rainey, Herbie Flowers Donald Dunn James Jamerson, Pino Palladino, Tony Levin, Lee Sklar, Bernard Edwards, Will Lee, Larry Knechtel……… these were/are the studio greats that define/d an era of great music…………. Many good suggestions below, but I agree Herbie Flowers must not be omitted. He is also known for playing multiple basses at once. More than any other bassist, Brown outlined his unmistakable style with flawless time and intonation, combined with an affinity for blues and bebop, setting a high standard for straightahead jazz playing. Starting with the diverse influences of James Jamerson, Jack Casady, and French composer Olivier Messiaen— and a vision of the electric bass as a member of the guitar family, with the tone of a piano’s bass strings—Jackson invented the 6-string contrabass guitar in the early ’70s, launching the wave of extended-range basses. Roger Glover Where the H E double hockey sticks is Gene Simmons of KISS? However, musicality and innovation have also been taken into consideration. Reggae, now there’s a medium driven by bass & rhythm section. Bet most of you are unaware of the founding father of bass & his losing battle with alcohol. No Jonas Hellborg, Percy Jones, Stuart Hamm, Tal Wilkenfeld, or John Patitucci? Just to add my two cents I think Robbie Shakespeare, John G. Perry, Stu Hamm, Frank Fischer, Pekka Pohjola should all be included somewhere on this list. His famous bass line on So What from Kind of Blue propels Paul Chambers (1935–1969) into the Top 25. Really? Give me a break. Bogus. And not just with reggae artists: His Fender, Höfner, Steinberger, and Paul Reed Smith basses, always with flats, have done wonders for folks like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Sinead O’Connor, too. Listen to “Story In Your Eyes”. Aside from his big band w. the Raelettes, Ray also had a quartet for 35 years. That guy is a monster on bass. The resulting blend of played and programmed content on his landmark first two albums, as well as stints with Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, and Herbie Hancock, have influenced a wave of followers. Jah Wobble is worth a mention also. You must not listen to Rush. 50 rock bass players are better than Barry Oakley, not sure about that. Weather Report? The list may be American, but surely he has some exposure over there? realy.. where is FELIX PEPALARDI> if you have not heard of him, it’s not music you are listening to. A songwriter, session wiz, and funk bass-hero, Thunder Thumbs (1955-2015) was an intense master whose earthy, sophisticated grooves changed history, most famously with the Brothers Johnson and on Michael Jackson’s Thriller (still the best-selling album ever). He´s my number one, Jack Casady is clearly missing, and he should be high ranked. All you need mention about Chris Squire is listen to “Sound Chaser” to see how versatile he is, or anything by Geezer Butler to see that he’s an inventive genius. Not to mention Paul McCartney better than Jaco… Do you know anything about music? Videos you watch may be... Les Claypool. Nearly half a century after Graham and his Jazz Bass invigorated Sly & the Family Stone standards like Family Affair, Everyday People,” and Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)—followed by stone-cold Graham Central Station classics like Release Yourself, Can You Handle It, and Hair— ageless, dapper Graham is still the baddest thumb-slinger around. You got #1 and 2 correct. I was there when he did. Willie Dixon at #37? Just repeat this sentence if you can. Among the second wave of L.A. session bassists, none was more original and innovative than Mexico City-born Laboriel, whose radical fingerstyle, slap, and two-handed techniques found their way into mainstream film and TV scores, and landmark recordings by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Clint Black, Andráe Crouch, George Benson, Paul Simon, and Donald Fagen. Nigel John Taylor of Duran Duran gets no love at all? How can you miss out John Gustafson. I was more than a little disappointed to see the late John Glascock (Jethro Tull, Carmen) failed to make the list. #19…an insult. In only four years with Metallica, Cliff Burton recorded Kill ’Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets, and changed the world of metal bass forever. world underestimates what iron maiden made ! One listen to his virtuosic arco and pizzicato compositions and it becomes evident why. Lemmy nr. As Victor Wooten says, “He is to funk bass what the Bible is to religion.”. Berry Oakley better than most in this “Top 10” and not just #41. Pop, rock, funk, jazz, etc. I was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY!! Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, McCartney was creating unique ear-catching statements—from the loping swingoffbeats of With a Little Help From My Friends to the loopy, sliding lick on the choruses of Lovely Rita. On Headhunters classics like Chameleon and Actual Proof, Jackson made famous the sound of rhythmically sophisticated, rubbery lines that incorporated harmonics, soulful double-stops, and string bends—essential additions to any hip bassist’s skill set. Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse No Ron Carter or Jack Casady? Richard Bona from Cameroun , played with Pat Metheny. He got his start at age 15 in the house band of Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, later working with American jazzers Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, and Oscar Peterson. That’s short hand for if you don’t get it, you suck. I agree Page. Victor Wooten is arguably the most technically accomplished of any living bass player on this list. I personally would have Jonas Hellborg up there with Wooten, and he is not even on the list. Order of merit very flawed list. No Pat Sullivan. No Jeff Berlin? The longtime New Yorker has built a career on feel, not theory. There are no “best” just favorites. Bob Mosely (Moby Grape) Victor Wooten is exceptional but I don’t see him driving Deep Purple. Check out the Lyrics on John’s song about him called, “How do You Live With Yourself.” Also, his Post-Beatle songs were pathetic, like: “The Girl is Mine” (a duet with Michael Jackson) and “You Think People Would Have Had Enough With Silly Little Love Songs” and the list goes on and on—real R&R ha,ha. athough NO is so obvious answer, Geezer Butler better than Charles Mingus!!! :DDDDD im gonna suicide now ! ) Laswell, a prolific producer with an unmatched, pan-global resumé stretching from Whitney Houston to Zakir Hussain, arrived at his signature, dub-influenced fretless P-Bass tone after thousands of sessions since the ’70s. Jaco Pastorius at 12 behind FLEA, for God’s sake, and James Jamerson isn’t even mentioned? That type of playing is typical throughout the concert. Are you nor familiar with Geddy Lee’s playing? To polished for Your Ears??? the list claims to include jazz musicians, but they really aren’t adequately represented. And yet, without them, a song could easily crumble. The quietest of the quiet ones, Bill Wyman may invariably be the last guy you noticed in The Rolling Stones, but he was the consummate bassist in the sense that he knew how to support the songs without getting in the way. Who could forget the ultra-catchy subhook under Silly Love Songs (1976)? Classically trained rocker/jazz bassist, Jack Bruce is tops for me! or another Cassidy by mistake? NO BODY LIVING TODAY IS BETTER THAN VICTOR WOOTEN. Likely story. but my favorites were in the Top 10. He recorded albums with Herbie Hancock (Maiden Voyage), McCoy Tyner (The Real McCoy), Sam Rivers (Fuschia Swing Song), and Freddie Hubbard (Red Clay). Jerry Penrod is the original bassist of Iron Butterfly and one of the best I ever heard, better than 95% of this list. Jaco Pastorius used every minute of the short time he had to expand the technical and dramatic... 2: Paul McCartney. Listen to “Bernadette” or his many bass lines for Motown – lines written on the spot, every verse a little different. Walter Page needs to be here. Jack is still kickin’ it big time… check out White Rabbit @ 21:42, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m4vzWmDuKg, you dont got Jack if you dont got Jack! Obviously, a list of 50 all time great What! Aw C’mon. Tony Levin has intrigued me from the earliest King Crimson and Peter Gabriel days. Jul 30, 2016 - Since the birth of electric rock and roll and the Fender bass guitar in the '50s, an army of amazing bass players have stormed the airwaves. “I’m like Prince and Sting,” she says. Otherwise the list is good. Mel Schacher of GFR fame. McCartney has a bigger musical impact, but strictly speaking, Flea is hard to top as a bassist. No electronica players? All these guys r not on the list and they r better than any rock star. Don’t have enough hours in the day to read all comments, but I don’t see Joey DeMaio from Manowar, nor Niels Henning Ørsted Petersen (NHØP). A flawed list in my opinion. I was a guitar player in a band that had two keyboard players, sometimes two other guitarists, a bass player, and a drummer, four or five singers, and percussion. Just repeat this sentence if you can. Contact Basses Players Darryl Jones Albey Links : contact JB WB Upright Reviews Concept . Nice to see him make the list but should be way up there! Put Tal Wilkerson on that list, too. Along with her husband and eternal rhythm partner, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth was largely responsible for infusing new wave with the concept of groove as one of the founding members of Talking Heads. With calls from the Who, John Mayer, Paul Simon, and Nine Inch Nails, he has since elevated rock and singer/songwriter bass, as well. He should be in the top 25 at the very least. There are certainly more than 50 bass players out there better than Kim Gordon, Les Claypool is miles better than Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones and John Entwistle. you are so right,his bass playing live was amazin. Bass with the Jeff Beck Group w/ Rod Stewart and then guitar with Stewart and Faces and then the Stones?? Much of my top ten have been overlooked. Just stop…. No TAL WILKENFELD up there? no Garry Thain and no John McVie come on . John Myung from Dream Theater, Billy Sheehan from Steve Vai’s Band, and Stu Hamm.. Who makes up these list? The iconic bass player for the equally iconic Los Angeles-based band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleais especially known for his tasteful bass playing. I’ve never seen McCartney do anything as technical as Jaco Pastorius or Tal Wilkenfeld etc because his music style/genre never calls for it. As one of the greatest bassists in hard rock, Lemmy played the bass with more attitude than anybody, with a grisly tone that defied you to think of the bass as a support instrument. I’m assuming so; James Jamerson, who virtually single-handedly INVENTED the concept of melodic bassline in pop music at 19?? The true genius bassists are not the ones who play a million notes—it’s the ones whose bass lines are loved worldwide and remembered through history.”. Carol Kaye is the Queen. Ever hear of Espranza Spalding!!! There is one great Bass player omitted, that being session bassist, Carol Kaye!!! The whole idea behind Cream – a rock band consisting of three guys who could play circles around each other – wouldn’t have worked if the bassist wasn’t such a master improviser, always thinking like a lead player. And oh btw you forgot Miroslav Vitous. 7.) I have often heard that real bass players use their fingers and NEVER use a pick (shudder) but I have learned that a good number of famous bassists actually use picks and that a pick is a part of their signature sound. Dont forget the STYLE of the bass player is very important. Not my favorite Floyd, but Roger Waters’ Money stands the test of time. Let’s give some love to Jimmy Smith and Jack Mcduff while we’re at it. I’m sorry, but is this list the work of a complete lunatic?? Too many omissions to take seriously to be honest. Sir Paul was probably my most influential teacher. for the people who really knows about jazz u are the greatest bass player in jazz history Added 10 years ago by alberramir, 1 point . In my opinion John Paul Jones could be the first because of all his works in Led zeppelin and alone. Clayton had to learn on the fly. Bernard Edwards, Larry Graham and James Jamerson are ranked way too low. In addition, Kaye has also performed music for TV and film, including the theme for Mission Impossible. I mean what is the point of even commenting? If you’re Verdine White, you do it with bass lines as powerful and memorable as the songs they support. Female bassists stopped being pigeonholed as a novelty the minute she picked up the instrument. I agree with 80 % of the bass players on the list. He is a songwriter who happens to play bass. Bassist, composer, and space man Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, is one bass player who has come barreling into the beat music/’new jazz’ scene the past few years – and in a big way. The quintessential “quiet one”, John Entwistle could also be the noisiest one when the time was right. And thanks to all the mentions of the incomparable Rick Danko of the Band. I think if you asked the players on this list to vote, he would have been number one. With early influences including Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers, in 1961 he made his first recording with avant-garde legend Eric Dolphy. DAVE LARUE (Dixie Dregs)!!! Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse Two of the most underated and sadly forgotten amazing rock bassists of all time.Dennis Donaway from the original Alice Cooper band and the late Gary Thain from Uriah Heep. How could Jaco not be amongst the top ten? Composes of list just have no ears! Also would like to see Jim Lea get an honourable mention, great bass player and all round musician. Establishing himself behind James Jamerson at Motown on hits like Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues and Dennis Coffey’s Scorpio (boasting a 90-second bass solo), Babbitt forged his own R&B-rooted style. For me, the great innovator and extraordinary technician who is missing is the wonderful Colin Hodgkinson-look him up, lie back and listen….. Chris Squire (R.I.P.) As founder of the Players School, his volatile views on music education are ongoing. He and guitarist Nile Rodgers also supplied their signature grooves on hits for Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Sister Sledge, and Madonna. I know who I like, but that doesn’t make them the best, just my opinion. Tim Bogert 1. And Jojo Garza. John Greaves? Well, most of you won’t know him but i miss Andy Smith of Mostly Autumn. A list of 50 top bass players without Jack Casady is unthinkable! In other words do something different and you will make a mark. . The greatest ever bassist was without a doubt the man who made Chicago Blues and much more…the great Willie Dixon. I do think Victor Wooten and others are too far down. Cream? if Noel Redding was good enough for Jimi Hendrix he’s good enough to be on my list. I know he couldn’t compete technically with many on your list but as for being important in the history of our music he cannot be denied….Bill Black, the late eccentric double-bass player for the Hillbilly Cat, certainly deserves a mention. ahhhh yesss ………you are the true voice of reason here in the comments section of this list. Paul Goddard of the Atlanta Rhythm Section should be in the top ten. Justin Meldal-Johnsen (JMJ)…is certainly a force, Norman Watt-Roy from the Blockheads…. Placing Cliff Burton ,Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones over Jaco Pastorius is just insulting. Here are 10 bassists who absolutely deserve credit and recognition. John McVie He should had been top ten , play strong go back and listen Artists. You forgot Jeff Adams from “Starship Starring Mickey Thomas”!! Joe wrote great melodies which I would play on my record player at 45 so I could learn the lines. A one! Nobody heard of Nathan East?Who made this list? Moving to a flatwound-strung Fender Precision and a fingerstyle technique rife with thumb-plucks, he connected with D’Angelo and sat way back in the pocket, setting the standard for neo-soul and hip-hop bottom. I really don’t mind if others rate him lower. I’ve been playing bass for over 40 years and my heroes have always been Jack Bruce and Abraham Laboriel. What!!!!! You must be kidding. To your argument, any list excluding John McVie, in my opinion, is not valid. What about John Lodge of the Moody Blues? – Love From there he became a Grammy-winning composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist for the likes of Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, and David Sanborn, finally focusing on becoming a solo artist in the ’90s. So why even open that door? I’d put Billy Sheehan and those jazz bassists – Clarke, Wooten, Miller up in the top 10 (and what about Jet Harris of the original shadows?). Bassist, 1 point . 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