The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106169   Message #2192041
Posted By: PoppaGator
12-Nov-07 - 12:59 PM
Thread Name: Best Bassist
Subject: RE: Best Bassist
No mention yet of Paul McCartney? I think he was historically important, if nothing else, as a real innovator in the development of rock bass playing (and I think Jack Bruce would concur!).

Three more great ones not previously mentioned:

Donald "Duck" Dunn ~ Stax/Volt house band (aka Booker T & the MGs).

James Jameson ~ of the Motown "Funk Brothers."

George Porter Jr. ~ The Meters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, etc.

And a big "amen" to prior mentions of Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Jack Casady, Jaco, and my favorite singing bass player of all time, Rick Danko.

Rick would deserve consideration as an all-time great bass player even if he had never sung a note, and he'd also be one of the greatest vocalists ever recorded even if he had never touched an instrument.

For years, my sons have been trying to sell me on the merits of Les Claypool (the guy featured in the video at the top of this thread), and although he is obviously highly skilled, I think he falls well sort of the "musical genius" category ~ while many of bassists mentioned in this thread really do rate such very high praise.