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post #16 of 68
Hands down, Flea. I have never heard a bassist with his technical proficiency who can also restrain themselves when the song demands a solid rhythm. He's the perfect blend of wildman solos and melodic thump.

Honourable mentions:

Mike Watt
Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher)
Stanley Clarke
Juan Alderete
post #17 of 68
I can't remember this girl's name, but she played bass alongside Theresa Anderson on the Strat Pack DVD

Damn was she hot!!!
post #18 of 68
A long time Chris Squire and Jaco fan but when I saw John Entwistle's clip in a head-fi thread I was completely blown away. Not a single move too much nor too less than what could possibly be played.
post #19 of 68
Tony Levin is incredible as is Chris Squire. I'm not a huge Flower Kings fan, but Jonas Reingold does an amazing job. Finally, saw Porcupine Tree last night and very subtly Colin Edwin is pretty damned good.
post #20 of 68
Gary Willis
Jimmy Haslip
Adam Nitti
Tom Kennedy

all monsters......
post #21 of 68
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Originally Posted by SONGsanmanwah View Post
A long time Chris Squire and Jaco fan but when I saw John Entwistle's clip in a head-fi thread I was completely blown away. Not a single move too much nor too less than what could possibly be played.
x2 that youtube clip was incredible.
post #22 of 68
Are you talking about the 5:15 solo from the 2000 concert? Saw that too, it was amazing. For those new to the Who, check out The Real Me, on Quadrophenia. All four of the band are firing on all cylinders, but Entwistle's bass runs (according to him, noodling around on the first take) are really a standout.

No fan of Paul McCartney? Was he lightning-fast or an improv monster? No. But he could really write some great basslines to go along with the Beatles' and his songs. He also pioneered lead bass at least at the same time as Entwistle, if not before, in the mid-60's.
post #23 of 68
The ones that jump immediately to mind:

Geddy Lee
Cliff Burton
Les Claypool
Steve Harris

I also always like Flea's playing from RHCP
post #24 of 68
Les Claypool certainly should be near the top of the list.
post #25 of 68
Wow, no-one's mentioned Jack Bruce?
post #26 of 68
Geddy Lee
Les Claypool
Tony Levin
Sting
Jaco
and of course, Derek Smalls
post #27 of 68
The lack of Geddy Lee in the OP, as well as most of the other posts, is mindboggling. Have you people never heard Rush before? In terms of both technical proficiency and musicianship, I have yet to hear anyone else who even COMES CLOSE to Geddy.
post #28 of 68
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The lack of Geddy Lee in the OP, as well as most of the other posts, is mindboggling. Have you people never heard Rush before?
You have your answer right there. Most people who don't rank Geddy up there have never listened to Rush at length. I've seen Rush in concert at least a dozen times, and I'd pay the ticket price to see Neil, Geddy, or Alex just playing unaccompanied. Unfortunately, their music does not have a wide enough listener appreal for most people to understand. Maybe a parallel could be made with Dream Theater - Portnoy and Petrucci are incredible musicians, but most people have never heard them. In that case, I'm not a fan of most DT songs, but after being exposed to some of their music, I gained great appreciation for their virtuosity.
post #29 of 68
no particular order...
Eddie Jackson
John Deacon
Roscoe Beck
Billy Shehan
Tony Levin
Stu Hamm
Bunny Brunell
Tommy Shannon
Steve Harris
post #30 of 68
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Originally Posted by Dj.Evi* View Post
The lack of Geddy Lee in the OP, as well as most of the other posts, is mindboggling. Have you people never heard Rush before? In terms of both technical proficiency and musicianship, I have yet to hear anyone else who even COMES CLOSE to Geddy.
Yes how about it? All you gotta do is listen to YYZ or The Camera Eye to hear this guy's talents. Especially on Camera Eye where he is throwing down wicked bass riff while singing and playing those foot keyboards all at the same time. But he does this on lots of songs. He's awesome but a lot of jazz bass players would eat Geddy for breakfast.
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