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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:53 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:30 am 
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Guess I don't agree but what was the criteria? Jaco would be the best in that line up, but that list cannot be boiled down from all bass players, lets say Ron Carter for instance.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:58 am 
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Guess Marcus Miller isn't known to RS readers.

But..... that really doesn't surprise me.

What does is having Entwisle at the top and Flea 2nd.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:58 pm 
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I'd say Bill Wyman #1, then whoever replaced him #2. After that I'm not sure.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:06 pm 
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Flea wrote:

thoughts? :mrgreen:


Why would you encourage Zappa fans to pay attention to anything in Rolling Stone magazine?


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Haha, Paul McCartney on 3rd place. What do Rolling Stone readers think who's the best drummer ? Ringo Starr ?

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So, the best bassists just play a bunch of technically challenging runs? Or is it the ones who serve the songs best?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:25 pm 
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where is Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, and John Deacon?


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Except for Jaco that's obviously to do with the popularity of the bands they're in. For example, and there are many examples, Tom Fowler's a great bassist, but he's never going to win a popularity contest. What about Christian McBride? His bass playing is just totally unbelievable, but nobody's heard of him, so ...

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10 bass players? I thought it was just Bill Wyman, and Darryl Jones.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:29 pm 
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just plain doug wrote:
10 bass players? I thought it was just Bill Wyman, and Darryl Jones.

OK #2 is Darryl Jones. Thanks Doug. After that, a big debate.


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jack bruce should have been number one.

and, paul mccartney is a great bass player. he definitely deserves a place in the top five.

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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Haha, Paul McCartney on 3rd place. What do Rolling Stone readers think who's the best drummer ? Ringo Starr ?


McCartney is usually very under-rated.

I was wondering where Chris Squire was....

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Rolling Stone is to music what Fox News is to objective reporting

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At least Les is in. Go Les!

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Ahauhauahua, how can one take such a list seriously? Most Jazz and fusion bassists are light years away from most of those rock star bassists mentioned. For instance many Zappa bass players could be well placed in a list such as this...

A bunch of crap...

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How about Pete Griffin or Tal Wilkenfeld???... :smoke:


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As far as virtuosity and influence any serious list has to begin with Jaco and Stanley Clarke, right?


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calvin2hikers wrote:
So, the best bassists just play a bunch of technically challenging runs? Or is it the ones who serve the songs best?

IMO, both. The best ones would be virtuosos who can play almost anything a composer puts in front of them, but also have the restraint to know what not to play in a simpler pop format. Taste, feel, technique, the ability to lock in and groove with a drummer. It also helps if they have a nice shiny hairdo and some mod a go-go stretch-elastic pants. Bonus point are awarded to bassists who smoke a pipe while they are playing. :wink:


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Buster Williams, Eddie Gomez,Marc Egan, Tony Levin, Larry Taylor...just to toss out a few more, these guys can play a little!

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I haven't listened to him much but Michael Manring is supposed to be the tits. A bassist's bassist.


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here what the later can do on the bass. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Brazilian multi-intrumentalist and bassist virtuoso, Arismar do Espírito Santo, along with another bass giant, Itiberê Zwarg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsFaYajSfg0

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No disrespect to Flea and Paul McCartney, but they're ahead of Geddy Lee? I don't think so. :P
Now I remember why I quit reading Rolling Stone years ago.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:44 pm 
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HI,

I think that Pastorius and Entwistle belong there ... and probably John Paul Jones as well.

I don't think that Paul is that good a bass player since he stopped having a John and a George around him ... his catalogue of solo albums are not exactly the bastion of talent with the bass guitar in his hand -- I think that Paul lost the ability to do "music" a long time ago, and became just another pop singer out there ... big deal.

The sad part? ... the magazine has no talent whatsoever and never heard anything else in music to ever have a good enough idea what "Bass Playing" was ever about ... and I certainly would not worry too much about what they print ... I haven't paid for one of those pieces of toilet paper for 30 years and don't plan on starting now ... ! On top of it, they were not exactly kind and appreciated Frank's work a whole lot ... because Frank had no problems telling Wenner to go wack off somewhere else!


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KillUgly wrote:
As far as virtuosity and influence any serious list has to begin with Jaco and Stanley Clarke, right?


Stanley Clarke for sure. I think McCartney was a good bass player, but not that high.

Jaco number one in that bunch. The Ox was very good, but not number one.

I do not consider myself very attuned to bass playing, so maybe my opinions are crap... :shock:

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