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

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  1. edro

    edro Member

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    My favorites... Most I consider major game changers in their approach to bass........

    Entwistle RIP
    Squire RIP
    Robert "Pops" Popwell RIP
    Jaco RIP
    Berry Oakley RIP
    Paul Goddard RIP
    Larry Graham
    Geddy Lee
    Stanley Clark
    Claypool
    West
    Trewavas
     
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    Steve Harris.
     
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    BigDoug1053 Supporting Member

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    Marcus Miller
    Percy Jones
    Jaco
    Meshelle nDege Ocello
     
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    Can't agree more.
    I had a pleasure to out try her Reverend signature(not her personal bass) ... not really my type of instrument, but daaaaaaamn, was it inspiring ... and it did sound marvelous.

    At the moment, I really dig Kim Clarke, Kai Eckhardt and Mitsuru Sutoh.
     
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    Not mentioned/
    Tina Weymouth
    John Paul Jones
    Duck
    Sklar
    Manring
    Nathan East
    Victor Bailey
    Willie Dixon
     
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    Interesting that many of you have a wide range and large number of influences on bass..Cool, myself it goes like this:
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    Geddy Lee
    Paul McCartney
    Phil Lesh

    Those are my influences particularly Phil Lesh..
    now there are other bass players I love and think they are great but I'm not really influenced by them in terms of my approach to bass, those guys are up there on my list..these are bass players I love to hear play
    Verdine White
    John Paul Jones
    Mark King
    Victor Wooten
    Entwhistle
    Squire
    etc....
     
  8. OaklandA

    OaklandA Silver Supporting Member

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    Paul McCartney
    Chris Squire
    Jack Bruce
    Stanley Clarke
    Jaco Pastorius
    Greg Lake
     
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    MoPho International Man of Leisure Silver Supporting Member

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    I think you guys collectively covered my list and then some. Each has brought a groove that has grasp me by the throat and stood out as something special.
     
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    D Dunn, J Jamerson, JPJ, Flea
     
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    jazzwannabe Supporting Member

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    Steve Harris, Jimmy Bain.
     
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    Pino, Jaco, Victor, Verdine, JPJ, East, lots already mentioned.

    Some unmentioned yet, or I missed (more likely):
    Anthony Jackson
    Doug Wimbish
    Stu Hamm
    Rudy Sarzo
    Stephan Lessard
     
  13. HesNot

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    Just starting my journey as a bass player (been playing guitar for 35+ years) - but have always appreciated the instrument and those who really stand out. Many of my favorites have already been mentioned (Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Jerry Scheff, Steve Harris, Billy Sheehan etc...) so I’ll add a few that would be on my list:

    Graham Maby - most known as Joe Jackson’s longtime musical foil - but has also played with Marshall Crenshaw, Freedy Johnston, They Might Be Giants, etc... I quite simply adore his playing. To quote Joe - he plays with great intention every note matters and has conviction. He always serves the song with an amazing sense of rhythm and counter melody. He is not the flashiest player by any stretch. But most impressive is that Joe originally had Graham front and center with the bass being arguably more prominent than the guitar. And if you know Joe’s career he has explored multiple styles across his career - post punk/new wave, Latin influenced salsa, pop/jazz, big band, etc... and Graham has managed to serve all those style with the same taste and chops. I would covet a Spector NS-5 because of Graham - he’s played a bunch of different basses but the Spector has been his primary weapon of choice and dang it always sounds great - of course in no small part because he’s playing it.
     
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    Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash!


    Love that Gibson Thunderbird!

    And this guy of course...
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    For me:

    Robert Deleo- hard rock with a Motown feel (in places) - Stone temple pilots

    Juan Nelson- beautiful rich deep tone and soulful note placement- Ben Harper + Innocent Criminals

    Tim Commerford- RATM.

    And last but not least:

    You.
     
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    I see you are a very intelligent and tasteful individual.
     
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    Scott Shiflett
    John Taylor
     
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    Chris Squire - The Godfather
    John Taylor - TOTALLY underrated and underappreciated
    Paul McCartney
    Geddy Lee
    Cliff Burton
    John Paul Jones (Jonesy)
    Steve Harris
    Tony Levin
    Billy Cox
    That guy who played bass for The Doors. ;)
     
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    On which album?

    The Doors (1967) - Larry Knechtel
    Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), and part of The Soft Parade (1969) - Doug Lubahn
    The other part of The Soft Parade - Harvey Brooks
    Morrison Hotel (1970) - Ray Neapolitan, except "Roadhouse Blues" - Lonnie Mack
    L.A. Woman (1971) - Jerry Scheff

    All of those guys were really good. Larry Knechtel was one of the famous L.A. "Wrecking Crew" session musicians, and played guitar, bass, and/or keyboards on a wide variety of classic tracks of the '60s and '70s. Doug Lubahn was a member of future CSN drummer Dallas Taylor's band Clear Light. Harvey Brooks had been a member of The Electric Flag and went on to play on Miles Davis' landmark jazz-rock album Bitches Brew. Ray Neapolitan was a jazz guy who had been in Don Ellis' orchestra and later worked with Leonard Cohen, among others. Lonnie Mack, of course, is better known as a guitarist (famously associated with the Flying V), but he did a great job on bass. Jerry Scheff was Elvis Presley's bassist in those days.

    And we should not forget Ray Manzarek, who played a Fender keyboard bass with his left hand while playing organ with his right whenever the Doors played live (I don't think they ever used a bass guitar in concert), and sometimes on record as well (which is why Doug Lubahn is credited with "occasional bass" on Strange Days and Waiting for the Sun). The Doors only brought in bass players when they or their producer felt that a bass guitar would work better than Ray's keyboard bass on a particular song (at least on the early albums; starting with The Soft Parade they seem to have used bass guitar on every track). "Light My Fire" and "The End" on The Doors are two good examples of Ray's keyboard bass work.
     
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