Best Jazz Bassist?
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In no particular order:

Jaco Pastorius
Charles Mingus
Paul Chambers

That's wierd, I just noticed that all three of their last names end in a "s". Maybe there's something to that?
 
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In no particular order:

Jaco Pastorius
Charles Mingus
Paul Chambers

That's wierd, I just noticed that all three of their last names end in a "s". Maybe there's something to that?



Live or on recordings?

I saw Pastorius live just before is death and it was awfull. I'm pretty sure that even Gpalmer could have sound better than what I heard that night....


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There are or were so many, but here are some of my favorites:

Ron Carter
Paul Chambers
Jimmy Garrison
Richard Davis
Gary Peacock
William Parker
 
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The first few that come to mind...

Ray Brown
Neils Henning Orsted Pederson
Ron Carter
Charlie Haden
Marc Johnson
 
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Since there have been a lot of mentions already, I'll just add someone less known: Georg Breinschmid (Austrian dude)

That kid used to play on the Vienna Philarmony, then switched to jazz.
If you want to listen to something really crazy:

Artist/group: Vienna Art Orchestra (It's a sort of jazz orchestra, not really a big band)
Cd: Duke Ellington's Sound of Love (not volume 2, just the normal one)
track: Take the A-Train
Incredible bass solo


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The first few that come to mind...

Ray Brown
Neils Henning Orsted Pederson
Ron Carter
Charlie Haden
Marc Johnson



I love Charlie Haden's music, really do, but I don't think he's a great player technically seen. When I saw him live with Pat Metheny he didn't play very well, maybe just a bad day.
 
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I'll take this chance to mention Oscar Pettiford and Pierre Michelot as being two of my favorites.

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My favorite bassest is Victor Wooten but I think you could make a case for any of the bass players mentioned here.
 
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Has noone heard of john pattituchi. I guess not.
 
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And how could I have forgotten....

Adding to my earlier list:

Scott Lafaro, the great jazz bass player with the original Bill Evans Trio. He died tragically in a car accident not long after the classic '60s Village Vanguard sessions, in Flint, NY, just a few miles from where I live.
 
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Charles Mingus
Ray Brown
Ron Carter
 
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Not really a friend of "best so and so..." threads... Anyway, lots of really great jazz bassists have already been mentioned.

Christian Mc Bride
Dave Holland
Avishai Cohen
Eddie Gomez
Jimmy Haslip
George Mraz
Scott Colley
Charles Ables
Steve Swallow
have been left out however.

I'm sure there are lots more one could name as "great"
 
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Bob Cranshaw, Percy Heath, Wilbur Ware, Doug Watkins, Jimmy Blanton, Milt Hinton, Reggie Workman, Art Davis... The list rolls on.


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I say Mingus but he constantly deferred to Willie Dixon as the greatest Musician who ever lived.
 
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