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Thread #99902   Message #1997130
Posted By: GUEST,Jeff
14-Mar-07 - 11:03 PM
Thread Name: Opinions of Bass Players.
Subject: RE: Opinions of Bass Players.
James Jamerson...at least I think that was his name. He did all the bass on the early Motown sessions. Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, etc. He's playing on 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered'...one of my favorite bass lines. His son put out a book of his parts about 20 years ago. May still be in print.

Fred Martin...plays w/the Famous Unknowns. Formerly of the Tommy Riggs band and Exile. Longtime top-drawer Nashville/Branson session guy. Lives in Arkansas. Kills, absolutely kills.

John Paul Jones...the bass line in 'Ramble On' is another favorite of mine. Have always thought he's very underrated.

Stanley Clarke...just the name is enough.

Alphonso Johnson...saw him w/George Duke, Billy Cobham and John Scofield. Have been a fan ever since.

Bill Wyman...always in the pocket, always chewing gum, always thumpin' on the 1 and 3 w/Charlie. Less is more.

Chuck Sanders...played w/Maynard Ferguson, Don Ellis and in later years Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. Very melodic, fluid, almost sinewy style. Kinda like Mark Knofler's guitar playing. A total original and a gifted musician.

Erin Snyder...Bass player in the all female bluegrass band 'The Bushwackers'. Also, plays cello. 6 ft tall and plays 'doghouse bass' the way it's supposed to be played. Fell asleep in her bass gigbag at a party once w/her bass laying next to her on the floor. She's a legend in western PA.

Irma...don't know her last name, but she's at least 85 years old and plays w/the Retreads every Thursday night at the Senior Center in Dickson, TN. Rock solid and never smiles...just holds it down for the fiddler and the caller. I think she's a national treasure.

Paul McCartney...his early keyboard training had a huge impact on his overall musicianship. Nobody played bass like him until...well him. Didn't really appreciate his playing until my son got me the BBC cd set and you could really hear the bass.

Honorable mention...Dave Burke of 'The Choir'. They had a regional hit w/a song called 'It's Cold Outside'. Get a copy and listen to the bassline...he was 16 at the time.   Ray Brown, Will Lee, Jaco, Noel Redding...there's a ton.