They also played in concerts with many current artists. Phil Lesh also should be near the top. Paul McCartney just behind Geddy Lee and Flea? Then, after the amp, the signals recombined into a single speaker output. You cannmot put Ray Brown and Stanley clarke ubder a phil Lynott for crying out loud! They play with their FEET while ripping it up on the organ. He never received any training until the mid 90’s. Yes! This list doesn’t reflect actual playing talent surely. This all resulted in some serious ostracizing for a bit. The band, like many Prog bands of that era, the songs were long 10+minutes long, and was all about the keyboards and singer, but Bass was the lead string, guitar was just background rhythm. You forgot Percy Jones, Ray Shulman, John Wetton, Greg Lake, David Pegg, Miroslave Vitous, Al Johnson, Michael Henderson, Dave Holland, Randy Jo Hobbs, Ralphe Armstrong, Jonas Helborg, John Lodge, and Glen Cornick … in fact, this list is devoid of a host of bassists that made HUGE contributions to 70’s Progressive Rock and Jazz Rock. Finally it popped up, Tom Fowler. Shameful. Ron Carter – Jazz great. ), Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Chuck Rainey (did some great work with Steely Dan), Colin Moulding (XTC) and Pete Quaife (The Kinks) to name but a few? How about Tim Bogert from Vanilla Fudge, The Pigeons, Cactus, ‘Beck, Bogert and Appice’. He also scored a number of 70s hits with his brother George as part of The Brothers Johnson. But he wasn’t even the best bassist in the Beatles. John Wetton? Hello out there!!! John Entwhistle was the best bass player, ever. Louis “Thunder Thumbs” Johnson’s affinity for smoother R&B with jazz overtones made him Quincy Jones’ bassist of choice and his pioneering slap bass landed him on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and Thriller albums. Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse Jon Camp from Renaissance not even on the list? The first 4-5 Chicago albums were stellar and he was a damned good player back then. Leo Lyons from Ten Years After should be on the damn list! A great song writer, singer, and bass player. So from the heart. As one of the best bassists in history, he played both lead and rhythm, and did it all ridiculously well – a trademark of everything The Beatles did. I have met and hung out with them both, and have seen them play in may scenarios. Monster bass player with the TCB band. Leaving Ron Carter off the list is denying a significant portion of Jazz History. This List sucks.. He’s been the rock solid backbone of the best rock band of the last 30 years, yet he gets zero recognition. If you’re very talented. Rick Danko from The Band and Bob Dylan needs to be on the list. Consider broadening your research next time. wheres Randy Coven? Jaco Pastorius at 12 behind FLEA, for God’s sake, and James Jamerson isn’t even mentioned? Victor Wooten is exceptional but I don’t see him driving Deep Purple. And Roger Waters at #13? Carole Kaye indirectly taught most of these people how to play! No drop out on his top end. I was told to wait for him — he knew all. Eventually I got around to asking Rick about the M-85 and he told me that Phil wanted to sell it when Rick put some kind of wiring back in it. 1. And to have Jaco Pastorius as #1 is plain silly. And Peter Albin. What about Jimmy Lea, Bruce Foxton and even Nile Rogers, all three superb! All of the players say he was an influence. Is this is list of the MOST FAMOUS bass players or the ACTUALLY BEST bass players? 9. Absolutely agree about Ron Carter, what an inventive bassist! I’m assuming so; James Jamerson, who virtually single-handedly INVENTED the concept of melodic bassline in pop music at 19?? I’d put him in the top 3. Based on skill and creativity. Come September, I was back in NJ and the Dead played Philly. The article says “sometimes they step out into the spotlight, like Paul Mc Cartney, Lemmy, Sting or Roger Waters”. Bill Black basically invented R’n’R bass playing in ’56. Paul McCartney is a great in the rock world, no doubt, but bass is just what he did because The Beatles needed a bassist. And if you want power and melody, Bruce Foxton from the Jam is a notable exception, much better than Sting. Roger Waters is a great musician, a good bass player but not a phenomenal one to be in the 13th place just after Jaco Pastorius and above bassists like Tony Levin and Billy Sheehan … and why Roger Glover is always underrated??? Alex Webster of Cannibal corpse skill wise in layman’s terms shit over all of your bass player full stop no argument he just wins by default he is a more skilled bass player than anyone need proof listen to Frantic Disembowlment. tony reeves greenslade was a good classy bass player. A nice list, half of which wouldn’t be worthy of lugging around Dusty Hill’s gig bag. Ray Schulman? Everyone posting wants their favourite on the list, which contains great technicians and great innovators. This classic hit has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. Followed by Claypool at #2. Don’t think so!!!! (A circuit called an emitter follower was installed in the instrument to lower the pickups from high[ish] impedance to low impedance. Jeff 51 Pines . Dont forget the STYLE of the bass player is very important. Phil is also well known for his other projects such as Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead, Further, and The Other Ones. Charles Mingus was an innovator in jazz and one of the more adventurous bassists in any genre. Along with her husband and eternal rhythm partner, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth was largely responsible for infusing new wave with the concept of groove as one of the founding members of Talking Heads. This guys surely can play anything. They also left out one of thee best…Larry Gaulke…Don Costa’s go to guy. (So did also Harvey Brooks). And he was loud; throwing the bass upfront like few before him. I don’t know who was surveyed and how you judged the meaning of best, but bassist number 12 through 32 would eat numbers 1 through 9 for lunch. So, how about Scott Thunes, Arthur Barrow….? Reggae, now there’s a medium driven by bass & rhythm section. where is Bootsy? These guys ‘made’ stuff. come on man on of the most signature bass lines goin’ in “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. AND their style entertains BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN, … REALLY!!!! Like others, I too think that Greg Lake and John Wetton should have made the list. He’s not even top 500 base players in the world. Not Jeff Berlin and Alain Caron on the list, this is a shit. special and important to any individual. Highly recommended for all Deadheads! He played chords. David Paton? When you don’t include Abraham Laboriel in a top 50 Bass Players list you are a joke that isn’t funny. The Who’s ‘My Generation’ was one of those times. Paul McCartney was a great bass player, but as much as I respect him, I felt he was placed a bit high on the list, as far a bass player performance goes. No Spyder Sinneave? He’d tell you the same. Bogus. Sat in the pocket between two of the best lead guitarists ever. you should have made this best rock n roll bass players of all time.Cause you excluded Mingus,Bernard Edwards,Pino Paladino and a few others.And James Jameson played on 37 number one albums nobody else gets close to this accept maybe Sir Paul McCartney !! If it’s a list of bass-guitar players, why mixing between great bassists and great musicians??? What about Allen Woody? (Bear = Owsley; he had a vision for a team of people who would push the art of instrument and sound system building forward, and Rick was the missing piece). Just listen to Rio. what !!!!!???? As I was walking away I threw a question back at him: “Hey! I’m not surprised. Flea at 3? Nice to see him make the list but should be way up there! I also agree that Jack Casady is a glaring omission, and people seem to be underrating Paul McCartney’s contributions just because of his high profile as a Pop musician. I’m not saying all the people on this list aren’t wonderful bass players, I’m just saying some of them are definitely not on my list of the 50 greatest!! Sheehan can’t swing, and he is too much of a stylist. everyone needs to understand this Who is the best? Currently the band that will play with Lesh is unknown. “Olympic? But he earns immortality for doing both at once with Roxy Music, especially on the live album Viva!. Where does Phil Lesh stand on the all time great bassists? Here’s what Neil Peart said about him: “Dickie Peterson was present at the creation — stood at the roaring heart of the creation, a primal scream through wild hair, bass hung low, in an aural apocalypse of defiant energy. Phil Lesh More an improvising composer than mere bassist, Lesh elevated the Grateful Dead from hippie jam band to an artistic ensemble capable of reaching heights of interactive ecstasy. Is he the best? Tull bassists were always expected to be well rounded – even down to wielding the stand-up bass when needed. Big thanks to all the mirror sites! And one Canadian. Paul McCartney 5th????? He recognized me and asked, “Did you ever get your bass?” I told him I was working on it and asked to come up there. This ain’t! His playing is not about tricks, it’s about great melody in bassline, creative rhythm patterns and so smart arrangement. Lee got it. Agree with all the above, especially on Casady. There’s no point arguing about the names, only the order and the omissions. Not a bad list but Richard Sinclair of Caravan and Hatfield and the North etc should be on it and somewhere near the top. On the rock side Jack Casady, and Andy Fraser. Rudy Sarzo? The late,great, Peter Mars Cowling, Dieter Horns{Lucifers Friend}, Greg Lake, Dave Myles{Max Webster}, Martin Turner{Wishbone Ash},Charlie Tumahai{Be Bop Deluxe},Kasim Sultan{Utopia}, Doni Harvey,Jerome Rimson{Automatic Man}, Steve Fossen{Heart}, John McVie {Fleetwood Mac}, Steve Priest{Sweet}. Glad somebody else caught this. Some great bass lines in the early Alice Cooper Band. Have you ever listened to Peter Cetera work with early Chicago. Speaking of the punk genre, where is Matt Freeman? Seriously???!!! Chris White (Zombies) For a good essay on his career see Great articles of music and audio without ads. Or Tower of Power Francis “Rocco” Prestia !!! , Rick Danko The Band, Jack Cassady; Jefferson Airplane, Hugh Hopper; The Soft Machine, Adam Clayton; U2!! Jerry Penrod is the original bassist of Iron Butterfly and one of the best I ever heard, better than 95% of this list. And I may be guilty of the same, somewhat. Therefore a will add Felix Papalardi Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse yeah, absultely . Martin Turner is the most ignored but brilliant bass player this country has ever known. Although the bassist’s listed , and sub-listed are all worthy of being great in their own way . Just how excellent depends on what kind of music YOU want to hear now. Its harder to play bass and sing than it is to play guitar. Oteil Burbridge formerly of the Allman Brothers and Tedeschi Trucks Band is a bad man. [ I had no idea what “short scale” meant. No John McVie or Kim Deal??? Must be the top 50 bassists over 50. Being a forever Kinks fan, Pete Quaife, was a favorite though he was only on the earliest albums. James Jamerson simply the best. Especially watch the 25+ minute “Ashes are Burning” starting at the 1:18:00 mark, where Jon Camp does a duet with John Tout’s Piano before breaking out in an extended bass solo at about 1:29:00 and plays the bass like a guitar. Don’t see how you can overlook John Illsley of Dire Straits and Sir Horace Gentleman from ska legends The Specials? Listen to the live “Don’t do It” from Rock of Ages. Really! Get real. i didnt see Justin Chancellor o this list. Ray Shulman(Gentle Giant),Paul Samwell Smith(Yardbirds),Andy Fraser(Free), Billy Cox(Jimi Hendrix)Andy West(Dregs),Lonnie Turner(Steve Miller),Ralphe Armstrong(Jean Luc Ponty)…. Right in time for the Grateful Dead's 40th anniversary, eccentric bass player extraordinaire Phil Lesh has delivered fans a most welcome gift: his autobiography. John Taylor of Duran Duran is better than most of 11 thru 50. Greg Ridley’s Spooky Tooth contributions all appreciated. They have Roger Waters above Chris Squire, which is wrong in terms of playing the bass, although Waters was the prime mover of a more popular band. Right you are Alan! See more ideas about Phil, Grateful dead, Greatful dead. Nobody ever heard of Pete Cetera? This list does suck. Entwistle on top, for sure. He should be top 5. where is Jack Cassidy, John Khan.and Rob Wasserman. Look no further than his solo work or with pub rock supergroups Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile and Little Village. Too sad we didnt make it much less the top ten. Okay, list is posted on the Hatfield and the North page, and no one even mentions Richard Sinclair? Pretty versatile. Where’s Jeff Becks right hand girl Tal Wilkenfeld?? INVALID LIST. Dig Lil Abner! After the band’s disbandin… You can see how prominent his playing is; Outside of the angelic voiced Annie Haslem, Jon Camp is the only other player out front. I think the voting is a popularity contest more than anything to do with talent. or another Cassidy by mistake? Top five Any collection of “greatest bass players” that doesn’t have James Jamerson at the top of the list is not serious and probably just a popularity contest. King, Joe Cocker, Albert Collins, Joe Henry, Jewel, Essra Mohawk, and many others! I know this is just me being picky, but I would put Claypool number 2, his creativity and mastery of all things bass make it simple. Free shipping . 3. It doesnt matter if i like these two guys or not. Phelix Paplardi,, outstanding bass man with one of the few 3 piece giants Mountain and producer for Cream. Bet if you asked any of the guys you mention, he’s Top Ten. check it out on you tube concert play backs. How about : Timothy B. Scmidt of ” The Eagles ” ? And Remember————————-Stones are the 2nd Best Group in the world………………, I could quibble with the order (who couldn’t?) now we’re talking … John Taylor my favorite no 1 bass player … the Rio bass lines are the best i ever came across! Personally I thought that Dee Murray was a terrific bass player and Mark King was pretty good to. He’s done some much for the bass world. She was equally good at grounding the improvisations or jumping right into the fray. Personally I’d have Ray Brown a lot higher. Much can be said about Ian Anderson, but he always brings the best musicians. Heck, I’m gonna add about anyone who played bass with Tull. Ron Carter, is an American jazz double. Missing Felix Pappalardi, Stu Hamm, Tal Wilkenfeld and Jack Cassidy. .Of course we know with exception(maybe) of the first post it’s casady, but, instead of the way you HAD to put it, couldnt you do what most people do put ‘yeah Im glad to see Casady, jack Casady of… on the list.” were you upset thinking someone might think it was David cassidy’s brother? But soulless. Try again, do more research, and dump the merely famous who were mediocre bassists at best, like frigging McCartney and Sting. You kidding? Abraham Laboriel from Koinonia I think Tommy Shannon deserves a place on this list. Too many really good bass players not on the list. Pumping all the way through, the perfect bass player for a four piece. Listen to “Bernadette” or his many bass lines for Motown – lines written on the spot, every verse a little different. So yes those with a broad range of understanding and experience would would never rank Jaco lower than 2nd. See more ideas about phil, grateful dead, greatful dead. Anyone who plays bass makes the world a groovier place! Nov 22, 2017 - Explore Red's board "Phil Lesh" on Pinterest. I used to think Jack Casady was pretty good until I found out that Jimi Hendrix had 2 bass strings on his guitar during Electric Ladyland. No Flea? I know who I like, but that doesn’t make them the best, just my opinion. Paul Goddard of the Atlanta Rhythm Section should be in the top ten. That’s short hand for if you don’t get it, you suck. “Jingle Bell Rock” has been […] Jack Cassidy should be there and high up, too! The good times. NO BODY LIVING TODAY IS BETTER THAN VICTOR WOOTEN. How come Entwhistle, Flea and McCartney are so high up? They’re rare, but findable. As part of Elvis’ original trio (which didn’t include drums during the Sun Records stage), Bill Black brought the essential cool of a slapback bass into 50s rock’n’roll. David “Leo” Lyons, Ten Years After The list missed Martin Turner ( Wishbone Ash), Jon Camp (Renaissance) and Peter Farrelly (Fruupp) though. Andy Fraser (Free). this is a so called someone ‘s personal music taste. Ray Brown….the DADDY…with Shelley Manne and Andre Previn…yes THAT Andre Previn! Finally, someone recognizes Francis Rocco Prestia. And he never even wanted to be the baseplayer! That’s pretty hilarious too. Phil Lynot from Thin Lizzy wrote and sang all the songs, as good as anyone on that list, Steve Harris also, this list is garbage. Good list but there’s a couple i’d put in they would be Gary Thain and Tal Wilkenfeld. Chuck Rainey didn’t even make this list …………. I mean c’mon… When someone pokes the “bear” and makes him angry he “get’s down to business, shall we?… It’s time to stop plyin games”…. Jack Bruce listed behind Flea? John Greaves? WTF you put flea before Entwistle hes far better than flea, to be honest hes far better than geddy lee as well. I agree with the number 1 choice. In one’s early life as a musician, one tends to look for signs along the way that you’ve chosen the right path. Jack Casady being omitted is pretty glaring…, Mel Schacher Though he began recording much earlier, Bob Babbitt really shone during Motown’s psychedelic era, where he brought some Hendrix consciousness into the later Temptations records. And you have Duff (G n R) in the top 20? Uhhhmm… Mick Karn???!!! Just repeat this sentence if you can. Entwistle will always be #1! Mani (Gary Mounfield) from The Stone Roses and Primal Scream should be in there. Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse You can even see bassists in U2 or in McCartney’s Band playing on a Jack Casady Model on stage ! Eddie Jackson from queensryche? Noel Redding, Bill Wyman, Jim Lea, Mel Shacher at least should be in (IMHO in top 20) Roll this shit carefully in tube and put in your a… back, Entwistle was phenomenal. Most of the others are simply following the trail blazed by Jamerson. Yes agood case can be made for putting Entwistle on top. Your email address will not be published. Lee Sklar at 49? How about Fernando Saunders who played lead bass (no other way to describe it) with Lou Reed’s band? So for example how about Yes just like the last time Jack Casady is missing, and loads of others..Besides bassplaying is not only reserved for the british, americans and canadians !! Nov 22, 2017 - Explore Red's board "Phil Lesh" on Pinterest. So Unique and so recognizeable. Dudes, As one of the first key players to join Bob Marley & The Wailers (and still with the group now), Aston Barrett laid the groundwork for all reggae to come. James Jamerson is the King. Dominic da Piazza and Ransome Knowling both sing for me, but the man who has utterly redefined the modern form of the instrument is Barry Guy. Pete Quaife of The Kinks should be there, as should John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Mel is a legend, truly one of a kind. It was easier to hear at the higher rpm. Sheehan is great, and a super nice guy, but he simply could not do what Victor does. He’s officially the most recorded bassist in jazz, with credits in early CTI fusion and modern benefits and soundtracks, but Ron Carter would still make the list of greatest bassists if he did nothing more than play in Miles Davis’ “Second Great Quintet”, where he and Tony Williams were a rhythm section for the ages. Unfortunately, since the Ashhats at the RRHOF always pan GFR, that’s probably not gonna happen. Seriously, listen to more Stevie Ray Vaughan and old Johnny Winter. Paul McCartney in the top rungs-NAH! Much of my top ten have been overlooked. If it’s for the Dead, ya gotta have a skull, right? NO Paul Goddard (Top 10 at least) and NO Oteil Burbridge (better than most on the list). Victor Wooten is arguably the most technically accomplished of any living bass player on this list. Look her up on YouTube. Jason who took peters spot is great also, his dad was the b p for elvis. Jack Casidy from the old rock school, and certainly Tal Wilkenfeld. ?John Pattitucci,,,Bronson Begay,,Alain Caron,,,Tom Peterrson,,Pete Way, John Paul Jones to win Getty Lee runner up SuzI Quatro deserves to be on the list. 1 on the “coolest dude”-list… , …and besides – Flea doesn’t deserve 3’rd here… In fact, it was then and there that Lesh, a classically trained composer, first experimented with the bass guitar. I left, my head in the clouds. Steven Santos of Lurid Jester has a very eclectic mix as well. He performs to the needs of his Boss’ songs, not standing out, but filling his role in a very professional band. A bit of revisionist history here: Grand Funk Railroad’s bassist, Mel Schacher, was the best musician in the band, bringing the gonzoid style of Detroit punk into the mainstream. Lesh was a novice on the bass in the Dead’s early days, alas he had no preconceived notions of what a bass was – or was not. He got kicked off the guitar because he sucked, and the bass was the only other instrument he had to stay with the band. Kasim Sulton jumped in the deep end by joining Todd Rundgren’s prog-rock band Utopia, during their most complex phase, at age 20. Just repeat this sentence if you can. To me Jack Bruce will always the BEST. Why is mostly rock? Jaco not in top 10 ? Eddie Macdonald, John Taylor and Adam Clayton to name but three. This coming from a long-time bassist. What about Lee Jackson, John Greaves, Rockette Morton, Janick Top, Richard Sinclair, Bill McCormick, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Trefor Geronwy ? Oh and Primus Sucks! Self taught genius! Just the best. If it were me, guys like Billy Sheehan would be farther up the list, but that doesn’t mean he’s more important than Paul, Geezer, or Geddy. I just laughed and left the arena. Any list of bass players without Adam Clayton on it is at best incomplete but more likely an abomination. Now you have a fair comparison based o actual ability vs popularity and avoid all the stupid venting and opinions on here that nobody cares about. I had to check my calendar. Free shipping for many products! Seems this a popularity contest not a true reflection of musical abilities. No one comes into the same universe as Victor Wooten. The greatest ever bassist was without a doubt the man who made Chicago Blues and much more…the great Willie Dixon. An unforgettable sight, and a sweet memory 40-some years later). Lets face it, McCartney is a pop musician. Just past Jaco?? I agree, Mel Should get his props! This studio musician brought classical & jazz training to rock, pop & soul bass. Jokers…. To put Stanley Clarke at 17?! But eventually I got a call from Rick. Usually playing fretless bass, he had no problem putting walking jazz basslines into their most straightforward pop tunes and rocking out during their jazz numbers. Listen, i mean really listen to some of his bass work on Fair Warning and 1984 (no, not “Jump”! Jack Cassidy, from the Airplane and Hot Tuna, should be in the top 10, but he’s not even on the list! I saw them both in concert three times and never was less than amazed! Ridiculous. I could not agree more. And I like apples better than oranges… except when I don’t. Jimmy Haslip from the Yellowjackets is outstanding. I could be here all day I’m thankful for each of them, and all the other unsung heroes of bass. Different styles, awesome bass players! at #16 is an absolute CRIME! How can anyone leave JOE OSBORN of the Wrecking Crew off the list.Carol Kaye was better known, and deservedly so, but Osborn was right up there with her and played on 100’s of top pop hits, and 33 #1 hits in the Country field. No Abraham Laboriel are you serious???!!!??? No other band puts Bass in the front. Charlie Mingus was the greatest ever,next me of course!! Good list. McVie honed his craft with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers ~ a group that influenced almost every rock band in the 60’s. Jack Bruce’s Crossroads will make you a believer. Hah! Still on the jazz side, I’ve heard Milt Hinton do acoustic slap bass like none on the electric side. The late DEE MURRAY??!!! Phil Lesh way to low. I was starting get worried when I didn’t see John Entwistle untill … number 1! Jamerson was the bassist who changed the way we envisioned playing bass. To polished for Your Ears??? What about John Lodge of the Moody Blues? I mean what is the point of even commenting? Very subjective topic. Where the pickups used to be. Chris Squire should be on #1. John was never in the limelight, but when he had a 10 – 15 minute solo at one of their gigs everyone’s mind got blown away! A one! I’m sure he would agree with me. He invented the Bootsy style of playing bass! Absolutely right! Verdine White is not only ‘The Best and BADEST Bass Player’ he is also a the ‘CONSUMMATE ENTERTAINER’. Another vote for Graham Maby for inclusion. ot many are better than him. I agree with Bruce, McCartney, Jones and Entwistle, the other six could be replaced with at least ten of the remainging forty and some who did not make the list. His bass solo on the live track ‘Refried Boogie’ revealed what a talented and versatile player he was. Seriously? Bob passed away at age 57. Check him out. Not complete without the master. Songs To Phil The Air Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Stu Allen, Dan "Lebo"Lebowitz Terrapin Crossroads Backyard Stage Beach Park, San Rafae,l California Tuesday November 24, 2020 3:33start Lady With a Fan pl gl > Terrapin Station all Cassidy dl Dupree's Diamond Blues sa Uncle John's Band all Sugar Magnolia ☀️ gl Morning Dew ☢️ sa 4:59end Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda (side one), Ball, and Metamorphosis albums are good early examples. Tim Bogert Is it a list of the greatest bass players or it is “just” about fame and being known? Jim Kale for his work with The guess who and my favorite live album live at the paramount Scott LaFaro? realy.. where is FELIX PEPALARDI> if you have not heard of him, it’s not music you are listening to. This list is not finish with only 50 bass players. Jeff Ament, Peter Steele, Tom Petersson, Tom Hamilton, Bill Dickens. When they went increasingly world music it went even better. You can also subscribe without commenting. Although NO is so obvious answer. Another bass player you might have missed because the genre he plays – gospel music – Abraham Laboriel. Why not try again asking people who know music. John McVie He should had been top ten , play strong go back and listen “Over-rated?” Not possible. The landmark groove of ‘Cissy Strut’ was just the beginning, and Porter, Jr, is one of the greatest bassists who embodies New Orleans’ slinky approach to funk. during a revival of the fifties and sixties. The first thing to to do is to play with a pick, because it gives you a lot more attack. un grand oublié; Felix Pappalardi (Cream Montain), Gary Thain, Greg Lake & Peter Cetera should be on the list. Also should include an honerable mention list for those not quite at the list but instantly recognizable. I was more than a little disappointed to see the late John Glascock (Jethro Tull, Carmen) failed to make the list. Glenn Cornick A list like this has got to be impossible to make. you seriously underrated him. Just sayin’.. mark king 25, jj burnel 46 come on people what the hell is Mcartney doing in the top ten?????? How you don’t have Jah Wobble in there is a definite over look. Victor is great….. While it’s hard to pass on Jaco, Mingus, Entwistle and Jack Cassady, I have to go with the groove master…Donald Duck Dunn. These are all excellent players. What follows is the tale of meeting Phil, adapted from something I wrote up for a web site in 2007: Rick Turner was a musician from the Boston area, who started on the road to luthiery there, and continued both when he moved to NYC. Where is George Porter Jr (The Meters)??? NFW…. Surely there are some great bass players listed here. I have been a bass player for about 30 years and over the last 5 or 6 years re examined how I was playing and made some changes. About Roger Glover from the original loudest band Deep Purple ???? I am almost perfectly OK with this list. never even heard of these other bloks ……. Every list of greatest musicians is always limited to the few big rock players that these ignorant writers are aware of. Well, most of you won’t know him but i miss Andy Smith of Mostly Autumn. 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