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I still don't quite see dropping (or eliminating) Ready Freddie from the list. If you asked any top L.A. studio musician to name the top 3 bassists on the L.A. scene today (and over the past 20 years)... Freddie would be on practically every list and his reputation grows with every project and each tour he takes part in
Oh I don't mean to drop him! He won't be dropped, that would be ridiculous. No I just mean lowering his spot. He's very worthy of respect but the problem is a late era (most of the moving and pushing in bass innovation was in the 60s and 70s as you yourself said), session guy can be very good, very creative, an excellent and brilliant bassist but still not score that well in 'greatness'...and that's what I'm paid to assess
His acclaim/respect within the community, discography, and notable work(s) guarantee him a spot on here though. Just not a 30s spot
.. Also...you know my feelings on David Hungate.
High acclaim/respect. Consistent, versatile, professional, and not without significant talent. Widely recorded, including in the core work of one of the more popular rock bands ever. All of this adds up to a spot on this list. But not a top 40 spot imo
Also, David Hood should be an absolute addition to the list IMO. I agree with the statement that the 60's and 70's had more than their fair share of influential and impactful bassists. Those guys really set the standard, and in rock, I really don't see much real advancement on bass since those days...fusion being another matter.
This is largely correct...if I had to put a number I'd say between 70 and 75 percent of the moving and pushing in the bass world happened in the 60s/70s...but there are to be sure still some epic dudes much later (Harris, Burton, Hamm, Billy, Freeman, Watt, Chancellor, etc). Hood is a noteworthy and important figure in that 60s/70s 'laying the groundwork' period on bass. It's all but assured he'll get a spot on this list.
Jamerson lll for the 100 spot would be a largely symbolic gesture (I admit), although he's an excellent bassist and probably understands his dads technique and mindset better than anyone out there today, and readily shares his knowledge with others...plus he's quite versatile.
I actually have no problem with symbolic gestures, fwiw. He'll possibly make the 'honorable mentions' list we'll do after filling up the first 100 spots