Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4741 posts, RR: 43 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
These threads always bring up a strange question for me. What is best ?, sure there are plenty of flash players, but it doesnt really make them best, just that they are flash. For example Mark King from level 42, Flea from the RHCP, Les Claypool, Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, and then probably the king of this group should be, will be, is... Geddy Lee from Rush. However, there are plenty of non flash bass players out there that could musically kick the pants off some of these guys, but their music doesn't require slap pop every beat to the bar (not that I equate that to the above). Some of the non flash greats include Pino Paledino, Sting, Leland Sklar and the absolutely incredible Jimmie Johnson who plays with James Taylor. Geddy Lee while in the original group because of his style is the total consumate musician and really should be in the latter group.
Most of this latter group are seasoned musicians who have toured the world while the rest were in diapers and just have a better understanding and feel of music than many in the original group.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
Yes, gotta be Steve Harris. A bass player so good he seems he seems more like a 2nd rythm guitar as it is a major musical voice and not just some background deep thudding that keeps proper time. His prolific songwriting just adds exponentially to his value to Maiden.
I hear that "galloping" rythm and know instantly just who it is.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 7707 posts, RR: 55 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Mick Karn, of the band Japan and his many solo albums (seven I think). He's also played for Kate Bush, Gary Numan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan et al. He's got another album called More Better Different coming out next year. If you're into bass players, you've got to get into this guy.
Mick Karn would be my number two; but the best all-time bass player on the planet was Bernard Edwards of Chic. No one will ever come close to Bernie. Superfly?
(I would also agree with Geddy Lee; but not Flea - there's fast players and great players, but the two aren't necessarily the same thing.)
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CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Far as I'm concerned, the best bassist that walks the face of the earth is Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, as well as by himself. I was fortunate enough to see him play a clinic at my college and a concert afterwards, I've never seen anyone play an instrument like that. Possibly the best man on the instrument ever was the great Jaco Pastorius. There are others of course: I have great respect for Flea, Tim Reynolds, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, etc. But for sheer technical skill, it has to be Jaco.
As for Metallica, Cliff Burton was a great bassist, but after rejecting Les Claypool (who has a very, very distinctive style that you can either love or hate) they settled on Jason Newsted, who really isnt that great from a technical standpoint. And replaced him with Rob Trujillo.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
John Entwistle - The Bass of Doom. His bass solos just left you with your mouth hanging open, and the funny thing was how he looked almost bored while his bass was putting out all these incredible runs at high speed. The Buzzard bass he designed is awesome as well.
Then comes Stu Hamm. Without question the most techically proficient of all bass players (although he doesn't have the raw GUTS of Entwistle.) Listen to Stu's bass solo on Joe Satriani's Live in San Fransisco Album.