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Originally posted by FatBaron

Has no one mentioned Carol Kaye?



Yes, and this will be the third time. She's a legit member of the Bassists Hall of Fame.

My list:

The feet of anyone who can play a Bach organ piece
Tony Levin
Squarepusher (gets bonus props for being a great electronic musician as well)
Jimmy Smith (more love for organists :))
Sting

Sigur Ros is not for everyone, but their bass player plays Sigur Ros songs as well as anybody. Plug a Wooten or Pastorius type in there and 90% odds he'll overplay the crap out of the songs and thus totally ruin them.

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as a bass player turned synth hound ... I can appreciate players such as Wooten et all who often tend to use the bass as a solo instrument but while the technical playing is impressive I really can't stand the sound ... personal preference - so I never have considered those types the "best players" because I simply don't gravitate towards that style and use of the bass ...


personally I consider john Paul Jones, enwhistle, and McCartney as the elite bass players (obviously specifically in rock pop) ... all players have every bit of technical ability as anyone but the tact and appreciation for the construction of a bass line withing a song is unparralelled ... john paul jones might be the most underatted bassists/musician in that respect (and of course the key players on this board should really appreciate his keys ability)

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Originally posted by girevik


Sigur Ros is not for everyone, but their bass player plays Sigur Ros songs as well as anybody. Plug a Wooten or Pastorius type in there and 90% odds he'll overplay the crap out of the songs and thus totally ruin them.


i agree ... thats why I really think that style of playing is overatted ...

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Originally posted by theradvocate

i agree ... thats why I really think that style of playing is overatted ...



hah! nobody will be lining up to buy a sigur ros signature bass at guitar center. nor will he be on the cover of any bass 'zines or teach the dorian mode at some summer camp for 6 string enthusiasts. so I hardly think he could somehow be 'overatted.' and that's just fine with me: the music itself is what fans are passionate about. the sound of the songs themselves. that's something few self proclaimed virtuosos will ever experience: being apart of something bigger then their inflated ego.

(IMHO)

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Originally posted by mono boy

hah! nobody will be lining up to buy a sigur ros signature bass at guitar center. nor will he be on the cover of any bass 'zines or teach the dorian mode at some summer camp for 6 string enthusiasts. so I hardly think he could somehow be 'overatted.' and that's just fine with me: the music itself is what fans are passionate about. the sound of the songs themselves. that's something few self proclaimed virtuosos will ever experience: being apart of something bigger then their inflated ego.


(IMHO)



did you read my previous post regarding my favorite bassists? (J.P. jones / enwhistle / MCcartney) ... I agree with you not to mention I am a Sigur Ross fan...

when I said "thats why I think that style is Overatted" I was talking about Wooten / Pastorius / Claypool style players ... the bass as more a lead instrument style ... it discounts for lack of a better word the greater good - ie the song ...

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Originally posted by 303face

Kool from Kool and The Gang.


...oh yeah - Robert "Kool" Bell is a good bassman, forgot all about him!

Also that guy from Sly & Family Stone who pretty much originated/invented/defined the "spanking" or popping style of bass playing - as practiced by Flea today from RHCP - was it "Larry Graham"??

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Originally posted by GigMan

...oh yeah - Robert "Kool" Bell is a good bassman, forgot all about him!


Also that guy from Sly & Family Stone who pretty much originated/invented/defined the "spanking" style of bass playing - as practiced by Flea today from RHCP - was it "Larry Graham"??



Dat it be.. The funkiest man ever to play one note

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Originally posted by b3keys

I am shocked beyond belief that this name has not made the list.... Paul McCartney.




Originally posted by theradvocate


personally I consider john Paul Jones, enwhistle, and McCartney as the elite bass players (obviously specifically in rock pop) ... all players have every bit of technical ability as anyone but the tact and appreciation for the construction of a bass line withing a song is unparralelled ... john paul jones might be the most underatted bassists/musician in that respect (and of course the key players on this board should really appreciate his keys ability)

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Originally posted by theradvocate

personally I consider john Paul Jones, enwhistle, and McCartney as the elite bass players (obviously specifically in rock pop) ... all players have every bit of technical ability as anyone but the tact and appreciation for the construction of a bass line withing a song is unparralelled ... john paul jones might be the most underatted bassists/musician in that respect (and of course the key players on this board should really appreciate his keys ability)



I agree about Sir Paul and JPJ - Entwhistle, however... I always thought he was too busy for a bass plyr. Then again, I didn't like Keith Moon's drumming - also thought it too busy or sloppy (esp. as compared to Bonham), so I guess they were a good match (Entwhistle & Moon) for eachother! :D

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