Favourite bass player

Favourite bass player

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AdeTuono

6,214 posts

175 months

Wednesday 30th October
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percy said:
Norman Watt-Roy gets my vote.
I've played bass for over 40 years, have seen many wonderfully talented bassists (try SMV for a bass 'supergroup' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMV_(band) ) but Norman stands head and shoulders above all of them for both feel and presence.

Been lucky enough to see him a few times, most recently last year with Blockheads, when he collapsed on stage and the gig was cut short. He was back gigging within the week though. He'll go down fighting!

Far from being the 'best' bassist in the world, whatever that means, but by far my favourite.

jet_noise

3,502 posts

130 months

Wednesday 30th October
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AdeTuono said:
percy said:
Norman Watt-Roy gets my vote.
I've played bass for over 40 years, have seen many wonderfully talented bassists (try SMV for a bass 'supergroup' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMV_(band) ) but Norman stands head and shoulders above all of them for both feel and presence.

Been lucky enough to see him a few times, most recently last year with Blockheads, when he collapsed on stage and the gig was cut short. He was back gigging within the week though. He'll go down fighting!

Far from being the 'best' bassist in the world, whatever that means, but by far my favourite.
Another thumbup for N W-R.
Also on my list Leo Lyons out of Ten Years After.

lockhart flawse

1,698 posts

183 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Can't believe no-one likes Chris Squire. I know it says favourite but a lot of those mentioned so far are pretty ordinary and conventional IMO. Chris Squire was one of those who moved things along a lot. Peter Hook was a crap bass player but he did do something different - not sure it was any good though.

Edited by lockhart flawse on Wednesday 30th October 10:52

ChevyChase77

969 posts

6 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Andy Rourke.

Amused2death

2,086 posts

144 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Favourite Bass player......Roger Waters, though he isn't an "outstanding" player.

In terms of inventiveness and ability it has to be John Entwistle.

Don Roque

16,780 posts

107 months

Wednesday 30th October
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astrsxi77 said:
Some favorites:


Tetsuo Sakurai (Casiopea)
Tetsuo is an amazing player. Casiopea are a fantastic band, much underrated. The bass chair in Casiopea was always a bit of a revolving door, and Yoshihiro Naruse, the other Casioea bassist, is also a great player.

My favourite player is Jeff Berlin. Honourable mentions go to Alain Caron and Geddy Lee.

droopsnoot

7,146 posts

190 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Another vote for JJ Burnel here, but there's a lot of very good bass players out there.

For me the Stranglers "sound" has always been the combination of bass and keyboards, both high in the mix, and I think I don't hear a lot of bass on other music because it's often kept quite low.

Norman Watt-Roy is another good choice, yes.

digimeistter

5,017 posts

157 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Steve Harris (Maiden)

stevejh

785 posts

152 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Norman Watt-Roy - good call
Chris Squire
Tony Levin
JJ Burnel
Geddy Lee
John Paul Jones
Pino Palladino

Lotobear

1,593 posts

76 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I have always rated Richard Sinclair for his melodic play but I also really like Bernard Edwards.

Whilst a level 42 fan I'm not that keen on MK as a bass player; the slapping is too extreme for my liking but he actually plays great 'finger' bass as well.

...has anyone heard Rosanna Nicolosi - check her out with Billy Cobham and Brian Auger, very under rated IMHO.


NDA

16,452 posts

173 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I would add Eberhard Weber - jazz. Obvs. smile

Fastchas

1,772 posts

69 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I've picked up a bass and found it's bloody hard!
So what makes a 'good' bass player? Surely, alll the names mentioned could play all the other songs mentioned. no?
The 'best' players I have ever seen were in two tribute bands.
One is with a Prince tribute band called Endorphin Machine and the other was two years ago at GlastonBUDGET. He was in a Michael Jackson tribute band (MJ was known as 'BEN'), apparently he was also the producer of everything going on musically in the band. He was quite phenomenal.

Davel

8,706 posts

206 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Jack Bruce

NDA

16,452 posts

173 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Fastchas said:
So what makes a 'good' bass player? Surely, alll the names mentioned could play all the other songs mentioned. no?
Being able to copy something is not the same as writing the original score.

I suspect lots of people can play Chopin - but they're not Chopin. If that makes sense.

hman

7,334 posts

142 months

Wednesday 30th October
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What about mike Kerr - big sound from him and a drummer

Dr Murdoch

2,597 posts

83 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I thought Mike Kerr as well.


beerexpressman

209 posts

85 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Another vote for Peter Hook from me.

Closely followed by Simon Gallup - The Cure

Walter Sobchak

4,649 posts

172 months

Wednesday 30th October
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12TS said:
Peter Hook from Joy Division / New Order.
This, I’ve always really liked his playing.
Cliff Burton of course deserves a mention too.

Pickled

2,004 posts

91 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Muse's Chris Wolstenholme



epicfail

17 posts

83 months

Wednesday 30th October
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James Jameson
Bernard Edwards
Lemmy