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Friday Fun Favourite Bass Players

Discussion in 'music' started by fegs, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Apologies. And of course it goes to say Geddy has to be in the list of all time best bass players.
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  2. leroyd

    leroyd pfm Member

    Terrific player. A very individual style and instantly recognisable tone.
  3. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    I'll also add Michael Manring to my list.

  4. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Recognizable tone..........
    I agree I would say 99%........
    First time they played Working man from Rush in the U.S. on a local rock station, people were calling on the phone to get the name of this new album from..........Led Zeppelin !
    Not a bad start at all though.
  5. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    This is bass playing brought to the highest level possible.
    A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!!
  6. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Recognisable tone to his vocals 'n all! A mate had Spirit of Radio B/W Trees IIRC 12" single... 15-16 years old. Technics SLB2, EPC270C, JVC JAS11G, Celestion Ditton 15XR's... Ah yes...
  7. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Mick Karn was my first thought. Cool as.

    Forgot about Barry Adamson - love his playing on Correct Use of Soap especially.

    In jazz, I don't think anyone's mentioned Steve Swallow (for his exemplary playing in Giuffre's drummerless trio of the 1960s).

    Also, has anyone mentioned Chic's Bernard Edwards, creator of the most sampled bassline of all time (for good reason).

  8. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Also, Philip Moxham (Young Marble Giants).
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  9. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Celestion Ditton 15 : we were listening to Pink Floyd Meddle on these when we were 17 and were stunned by the bass depth and impact ! Nice souvenirs..............
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  10. leroyd

    leroyd pfm Member

    Billy Sheehan
  11. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I have a set of original 15's, not XR, which someone has painted black all over.. not that badly but not exactly professionally shall we say... (can't remember how/where I got them). I've never actually tried them and have removed the HF1300's for safe keeping. I'm pretty sure all drive units measured as correct resistance and the woofers were moving freely when pushed by fingers as were the ABR's when I checked. HF1300's measure correct resistance also but I don;t know if they are A1 or not. Seeing they were £55 in 1973 in an old hi fi mag I was reading the other day, and that this was about £620 in todays money, combined with happy memories of the 15XR's, has made me consider reuniting them with their tweeters, replacing the electrolytics, and giving them a go. HF1300's don't seem to age really... if they work they work. No doubt will sound shite and ruin my rose tinted memories:rolleyes:

    I googled the 15's a few days back and was interested to find that the 15XR's were not just the 15's with the new dome tweeter as I had assumed. They are completely different other than the general concept. 15XR's have slightly larger cabinets, new tweeter obviously but also completely new bass unit which is now pressed steel rather than cast alloy chassis, redesigned ABR and different values in crossover but still 1st order on bass and 2nd order on tweeter, same as Mission 770 FWIW.
  12. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    I’m enjoying the Leland Sklar channel on YouTube, he’s played with so many people so has lots of great stories.
    Stand out bass players for me must include,

    Jon Entwistle
    Mark King
    Abe Laboriel
    Nathan East
    John Wetton

    I’m sure more will pop into my head later.
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  13. zekezebra

    zekezebra pfm Member

    Some good calls and a few just about competent. Missing Chuck Rainey and Stanley Clarke.
  14. martin dawson

    martin dawson pfm Member

    James Jamerson
    Ken Forssi
    Jack Casady
    Jack Bruce
    Donald “ Duck “ Dunn
    Stanley Clarke
    Paul McCartney
    John Entwistle
    John Paul Jones


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  15. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Another I should obviously have chucked on my list is Michael Henderson for his astonishing work on Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson and On The Corner. If anyone asked me how I would like to play that is it, just rock solid and in the pocket but without artifice, also some of the best recorded bass guitar I’ve ever head. Just no way to get that sound short of a very well mic’d Ampeg valve stack cranked. If anyone hasn’t heard A Tribute To Jack Johnson go find it immediately. It makes ‘98% of blues-rock obsolete, there is just no need for it once you’ve heard what it could have been!
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  16. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs pants up, knee down

    Mark King

    Mick Karn

    Doug Wimbish
  17. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Jack Bruce
    Charles Mingus
    Eddie Gomez
    Hugh Hopper
  18. poco a poco

    poco a poco I'm Jim

    Although the excellent British Bass player Danny Thompson has been mentioned a few times no one has mentioned Dave Green who has played with most of the great British Jazz musicians from the early sixties onwards and was the choice of American Jazz greats such Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins and Roland Kirk when they performed at Ronnie Scott's.
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  19. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Excellent choice. I've seen Dave play with Barry Harris numerous times and always a joy. He played a solo set at Jazz In The Round last year - his first public solo performance at the age of 77.
    poco a poco likes this.
  20. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Darryl ‘The Munch’ Jones
    Will Lee

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