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 Post subject: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:41 pm 
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100 Greatest Bass Players (all genres)

From a long time I think digitaldreamdoor should have a list encompassing bass players from all genres. So, this is the top 100 musicians from a long list where I ranked over 400 bass players from all the genres.

Criteria: These musicians where ranked according to their creativity, influence, stylistic and technical innovation, technical ability, music roles and genre versatility, improvisation and symbolic quality. It does not include double bassists.

1. Jaco Pastorius (solo / Weather Report / session man)
2. James Jamerson (The Funk Brothers / session man)
3. Larry Graham (Sly & the Family Stone / Graham Central Station)
4. John Entwistle (The Who)
5. Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck and The Flecktones)
6. Chris Squire (Yes)
7. Michael Manring (solo / session man)
8. Paul McCartney (The Beatles / solo)
9. Bill Laswell (Praxis / Painkiller / solo / session man)
10. Stanley Clarke (solo / Return to Forever / session man)
11. Anthony Jackson (session man)
12. Tony Levin (King Crimson / session man)
13. Abraham Laboriel Sr. (session man)
14. Jack Bruce (Cream)
15. Steve Bailey (session man)
16. Geddy Lee (Rush)
17. Les Claypool (Primus / solo)
18. Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic / Praxis)
19. Marcus Miller (session man / solo)
20. Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
21. Bill Dickens (session man)
22. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
23. Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire)
24. Doug Wimbish (Living Colour / session man)
25. John Myung (Dream Theater)
26. Chuck Rainey (session man)
27. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
28. Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report)
29. Jonas Hellborg (solo / session man)
30. Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd / solo)
31. Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani / solo / session man)
32. John Patitucci (Chick Corea / solo / session man)
33. Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle / Fantômas / John Zorn)
34. Aston Barrett (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
35. George Porter, Jr. (The Meters / session man)
36. Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)
37. Adam Nitti (solo)
38. Brian Bromberg (solo / session man)
39. Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big / Niacin)
40. Igor Saavedra (sessão / solo)
41. Jeff Berlin (solo / session man)
42. Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson / session man)
43. Robert Bell (Kool & the Gang)
44. Me’Shell NdegéOcello (solo)
45. Evan Brewer (The Faceless / solo)
46. Alain Caron (Uzeb)
47. Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
48. Monk Montgomery (solo / Montgomery Brothers)
49. Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
50. Quintin Berry (session man)
51. Bob Babbitt (The Funk Brothers / session man)
52. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
53. Harvey Brooks (session man)
54. Mark Sandman (Morphine)
55. Miroslav Vitouš (Weather Report)
56. Nathan East (session man)
57. Ryuichi Masuda (Ruins)
58. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
59. John Wetton (King Crimson / session man)
60. T.M. Stevens (session man)
61. Matt Garrison (session man)
62. Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman / session man)
63. Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets)
64. Charnett Moffett (session man)
65. Donald Dunn (Booker T. & the M.G.’s)
66. Jannick Top (Magma / session man)
67. Carol Kaye (session man)
68. Bernard Edwards (Chic)
69. Hadrien Feraud (session man)
70. Roger Patterson (Atheist)
71. Leland Sklar (session man)
72. David Dyson (session man)
73. Indro Hardjodikoro (solo)
74. Will Lee (session man)
75. Charles Sherrell (James Brown)
76. Al Cisneros (Om / Sleep)
77. John Deacon (Queen)
78. Robbie Shakespeare (Sly & Robbie / session man)
79. Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra)
80. Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant)
81. Victor Bailey (Weather Report / session man)
82. Tom Fowler (Frank Zappa)
83. Mark King (Level 42)
84. Tal Wilkenfeld (session man)
85. Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher)
86. Mike Rutherford (Genesis)
87. Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band)
88. Pino Palladino (session man)
89. Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta / Racer X)
90. Gary Willis (Tribal Tech)
91. Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs)
92. Bob Cranshaw (Sonny Rollins)
93. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
94. Steve DiGiorgio (Death / session man)
95. Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
96. Louis Satterfield (session man)
97. Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge)
98. Bill Black (Elvis Presley)
99. Rick James (solo)
100. Holger Czukay (Can)

I'd like to know your opinion on this.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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No Joe Osborn and no Bernard Odum. These are rather notable omissions. Plus, no punk / post-punk bassists besides Jah Wobble? Roger Waters seems out of his league on this list, I can see him squeze into rock list but not here. And Jamerson should be ahead of Pastorius.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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lmao 100 bassists of all genres (read: mostly rock) and no charles mingus? are you kidding?
also isn't there already a list like this here?


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I said it does not include double bassists. So, obviously Charles Mingus is ineligible.

And no, I haven't seen a list like this. All I've seen was lists like rock bassists, metal bassists, jazz bassists.


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Timothy wrote:
No Joe Osborn and no Bernard Odum. These are rather notable omissions. Plus, no punk / post-punk bassists besides Jah Wobble? Roger Waters seems out of his league on this list, I can see him squeze into rock list but not here. And Jamerson should be ahead of Pastorius.


As you read in the description, I've ranked a lot of bassists, including Joe Osborn and Bernard Odum. Osborn was ranked 139 and Odum was ranked 129.

Jah Wobble is the most complete punk / post-punk bassists. The others (some of them I also ranked) have some cool stuff, but not enough to be in the 100 greatest bass players ever (my opinion, obviously).


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Machine Head wrote:
lmao 100 bassists of all genres (read: mostly rock) and no charles mingus? are you kidding?
also isn't there already a list like this here?


I said it does not include double bassists. So, obviously Charles Mingus is ineligible.

And no, I haven't seen a list like this. All I've seen was lists like rock bassists, metal bassists, jazz bassists...


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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jfauser wrote:
http://digitaldreamdoor.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2450


That list it's not done yet. It only has a top 10 with no order whatsoever.

Mine it's done, of course it's not perfect, but at least it's done.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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i think thats a pretty good list man in my opinion im sure u could switch a few here n there maybe add a couple others but deff a good start


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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lobones wrote:
i think thats a pretty good list man in my opinion im sure u could switch a few here n there maybe add a couple others but deff a good start


Thanks, man. Any idea of how any list of ours can become an official DDD's list?


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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IMO "all genre" lists just never work out, it's impossible for them not to overrepresent one genre or another, usually they overrepresent jazz players but this one overrepresents rock players, plus it's just hard to compare so many different players from different genres with different methods and techniques and then do them all justice, and it's one thing to compare John Entwistle to Jaco Pastorious because they both play bass guitar, it's another to compare bass guitarists to double bassists.

Btw, should classical double bassists count in a list like this? I don't see why not, they may be using a bow but it's still a bass.


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boo boo wrote:
IMO "all genre" lists just never work out, it's impossible for them not to overrepresent one genre or another, usually they overrepresent jazz players but this one overrepresents rock players, plus it's just hard to compare so many different players from different genres with different methods and techniques and then do them all justice, and it's one thing to compare John Entwistle to Jaco Pastorious because they both play bass guitar, it's another to compare bass guitarists to double bassists.

Btw, should classical double bassists count in a list like this? I don't see why not, they may be using a bow but it's still a bass.



This list features bass guitarist ONLY. I said it in the description. I also said I ranked more than 400 bass guitarists and, according to my criteria (also featured in the description), these are the greatest 100 bass players ever. About over representing rock, one of the most important items of criteria is influence, and rock music has influenced more than any other music genre. Thanks for your appreciation, anyway? Any other remarks?


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Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden dead at 77
July 11, 2014, 5:39 PM EST

Legendary jazz musician Charlie Haden has passed away at the age of 76 after a prolonged illness, his record label announced on Friday.
"It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness," said Tina Pelikan, ECM Records Publicity, in a statement.
Haden grew up on a farm in Iowa and frequently performed with his family on the radio. After contracting polio at age 15, the illness left him unable to sing, so he turned to jazz and the bass, ultimately becoming one of the pioneers of the genre. His notable recordings include "The Shape of Jazz to Come" with Ornette Coleman.
The multiple Grammy winner picked up his first trophy in 2001, when Haden won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album "Nocturne," which contains boleros from Cuba and Mexico. In 2003 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance for his album "Land of the Sun."
He is survived by Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh, Tanya, Rachel and Petra, who were all by his side at the time of his death.





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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Bass Players (All Genres)
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The list is great, I'd say Paul Mccartney should be moved down though. I think Geddy Lee, Tony Levin and Jack Bruce are better then Mccartney.
And I'd say that applies to Squire -- who I think should be at least be 10 or 15 pegs lower. I don't like some of the lines he writes, and I don't like his solo work.
I need to familiarize myself with a lot of these players it seems


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