Your list of personally most important influential and inspirational bass players!

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  1. NoiseNinja

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    Just saw this video on YouTube from Scott's Bass Lessons about his personal Top 10 influential bass players:



    So I made my own personal list of those bass players who probably had the biggest impact on me personally and have inspired me and no doubt inevitably influenced my bass play, and thought it would be fun if others would chime in on this thread with their own personal list as well.

    I can't really come up with more than 9 players though, who I would definitely call a personal inspiration for me, but here they are anyway, in no particular order, probably reflecting my background in noise/experimental/prog rock fairly obviously:

    - Justin Chancellor (Among other stuff bass player in the prog metal/hard prog rock band Tool)

    - Julie Slick (Amazing female bass player, with outstanding prog rock chops as well as impressing more experimental rock skills, probably best known for being part of Adrian Belew Power Trio)

    - Lou Barlow (Probably best known for being a part of the alternative/noise rock band Dinosaur Jr.)

    - Trevor Dunn (Probably best known for his time being a part of the experimental/avantgarde rock/metal band Mr. Bungle)

    - Bill Laswell (Known for a lot of stuff, though I personally favor his work with the experimental/avantgarde rock outfit Massacre and the ferocious free jazz quartet Last Exit)

    - Chris Wood (From the avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood)

    - Cliff Burton (Guess I don't have to mention that he is the original first bass player of Metalica who got killed in a tragic tour bus accident)

    - Peter Hook (Known for his extremely melodically driven bass lines in Joy Division and New Order)

    - Paz Lenchantin (Hard rocking and grooving female bass player who among others played with the gloomy hard/alternative rock band A Perfect Circle and currently is a part of the psychedelic rock trio Entrance)

    - Victor Wooten (Amazing human being as well as extraordinarily gifted bass player, probably best known as himself. Though unlike the other bass players on my list mentioned above, I must admit with regret that the actual type of music he plays for most parts doesn't really speak to me, the way he plays it however does.)

    Finally also worth mentioning, and although I wouldn't categorize her as a personal influence of mine, she is definitely a noteworthy bass player still, who's skills I admire:

    - Tal Wilkenfeld (Yet another female bass player, again extremely talented, quite young too, probably best known in context of her time playing bass for Jeff Beck)
     
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    Jaco, Tony Franklin, Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Pino Palladino. All guys who would quickly get fired from the TGP Blooz Band. ;)
     
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    While I'm not really a Bass player. When I was first learning guitar in the late 60s, early 70s, I was learning from the record, by ear, and always learned the Bass parts, along with the guitar parts. I don't know why, but I usually figured out the Bass parts first, and then would work on the guitar parts.

    It just seemed to give me better understanding, and direction for figuring out the guitar parts.

    My 1st influences were.

    Jimi Hendrix..

    Consider he played many of the Bass parts, and also basically told Redding what to do. I love the Bass in Watchtower. Which is Jimi on an upside Down Precision, that he didn't even switch the strings around on.

    Jack Bruce

    Chris Squire

    Stanley Clarke

    Greg Lake

    John Entwistle

    Ray Brown

    Mohini Dey. Is Inspirational.









     
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    John Wetton
    Tony Levin
    Mick Karn
    Percy Jones
    and some of the others already mentioned above
     
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    James Jamerson
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    Victor Wooten
     
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    Some fine players given here, but - I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned the great James Jamerson of Motown fame who, not only was one of the pioneers of electric bass playing, but also a major influence on all the most revered bass players of all time and certainly many previously named here. He's influenced, directly or indirectly, every one of us whether we know it or not.

    Anyway, mine would be...

    1. Jamerson (duh) and in no particular order;
    McCartney
    Jack Bruce
    J.P. Jones
    Peter Cetera (pre-sellout, specifically Chicago I thru III)
    Geezer
    Larry Graham
    Wilton Felder
    Mel Shacher
    Bob Babbitt
     
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    I was interrupted mid-posting here and missed this. Thank you! Us Joisey guys must think alike. ;)
     
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    I'm just standing in the shadows...
     
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    Im no bass expert but....my current favorites are

    Chris Squire
    Phil Lesh
    Christian McBride
    Charles Mingus
    Chuck Rainey (cause he played on Aja)

    Others of course.
     
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    James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and John Wetton
     
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    Just a few that haven't been mentioned yet-
    Carol Kaye
    Roger Glover
    Timothy B. Schmit
    Noel Redding
    Billy Cox
    John McVie
    Jack Cassidy
    Leon Wilkeson
    Tommy Caldwell
    Carl Radle
    Ron Wood
    Randy Meisner
    Kenny Passarelli
     
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    All the usual suspects above.

    And:

    Tom Kennedy- monster technician and musician. His playing on The Dave Weckl Band Live CD slays me.

    Stanley Clarke. Duh. Love his playing on RTF’s The Romantic Warrior, especially the upright.

    NHOP. Such beautiful upright tone. Check out his YouTube vid of A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square with Ulf Wakenius.

    John Pattitucci. So solid. Just does everything so well.

    Travis Carlton. Just digging his playing recently. Doubt he should be considered one of the “greats”, but just I always like what he does.

    Roscoe Beck and the bassist from the Jazz Pistols (don’t know his name) are great at accompanying but hammering-on chord stabs with the R hand while keeping the bass line going on the L. Really admire their playing.

    Mark Egan - his playing on the Pat Metheny Group white album will forever be in my ear.

    Lastly (actually there are a bunch more), Andy West and Dave LaRue from the Degs/Steve Morse. Nice lines that bring just the right amount of flash while serving the musical purpose of the song.
     
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    The Wrecking Crew bassists:
    - Joe Osborn
    - Larry Knechtel
    - Carol Kaye
    John McVie
    Glenn Cornick (early Jethro Tull)
    Jerry Scheff
    Joseph "Lucky" Scott (check out Curtis Mayfield's SuperFly)
    Walter Becker
    Tony Levin
    Cliff Burton

    That's twelve, but I couldn't cut it down to anything less than that. Even at that, there are so many great names (some of them mentioned by others in this thread) who should be included...
     
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    John Wetton
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    Jack Bruce
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    Stanley Clarke
     
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    In chronological order:
    Paul Mac
    Jack Bruce
    Chris Squire
    Geddy Lee
    Billy Sheehan
    Jeff Berlin !
    dUg Pinnick (the coolest tone ever captured on record)
    Dave LaRue
    Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, Flower Kings)
    Victor Wooten
     
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