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msalama
06-09-2007, 10:50 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Larry Graham himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pbhxB7cGbw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ra0cremKF0&mode=related&search=

The Man. B sure.

BrotherVoodoo
06-09-2007, 11:22 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif This man rocks!

Stew278
06-09-2007, 11:51 AM
Dang, when I saw the title of this thread I thought you'd be talking about Lemmy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

MEGILE
06-09-2007, 11:54 AM
No, lemmy would be the worst musician to ever touch bass guitar.

Bearcat99
06-09-2007, 12:00 PM
Graham, Wooten, White,Johnso.. Jaco, Clarke, Patatucci.. so many.. but Graham was the father of the funk thump.. no doubt.. I would have loved to hear either him or Jaco & Hendrix play together... He put the funk in Sly...

Xiolablu3
06-09-2007, 12:00 PM
Awesome!

BaldieJr
06-09-2007, 12:03 PM
Oh please....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlHzHLGL60c

Stew278
06-09-2007, 12:09 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
No, lemmy would be the worst musician to ever touch bass guitar.

I was being facetious

Besides, the title wasn't 'best musician', it was 'baddest mofo'

jolly_magpie
06-09-2007, 12:25 PM
Pshaw. I have seen the god of bass and his name is Billy Sheehan.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NdExoWzrUrE

I hope this is what I think it is, I have no speakers on my werk komputer.

Skunk_438RCAF
06-09-2007, 12:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnIuow93vo

msalama
06-09-2007, 12:51 PM
but Graham was the father of the funk bass... make no bout a doubt it..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

+1

Daiichidoku
06-09-2007, 01:08 PM
king of funk bass, meet the king of rock bass, at his wildest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwpGXfHmY-A



he can contend with the likes of graham as best bassist, and with lemmy for ugliesthttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFIexFR3XEk&mode=related&search=

Stew278
06-09-2007, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Daiichidoku:
king of funk bass, meet the king of rock bass, at his wildest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwpGXfHmY-A

I was wondering how long it'd take before someone mentioned Geddy Lee

jolly_magpie
06-09-2007, 01:22 PM
Dang! Geddy rocks the Ricky bass. My first ever concert in 1981.

Jagdgeschwader2
06-09-2007, 01:40 PM
Come on up to the mothership. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif This is where it's at man!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7yyT7K-5jg

http://home.earthlink.net/~jagdgeschwader26/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/jagdgeschwader2s3.jpg

foxyboy1964
06-09-2007, 01:55 PM
Dont forget Stu Hamm, Chuck Rainey and Abe Laboriel. I have one of those Hot Licks tapes of Chuck Rainey where he plays a technique he calls Funky Folk. He's playing solo but it sounds like guitar, bass and drums playing the car chase music from the film Dilinger. Pharking brilliant.

XyZspineZyX
06-09-2007, 01:59 PM
Funny, it doesn't look like Jimi Hendrix to me...

...you all know that Jimi played bass on Experience records, right?

XyZspineZyX
06-09-2007, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
Dont forget Stu Hamm, Chuck Rainey and Abe Laboriel. I have one of those Hot Licks tapes of Chuck Rainey where he plays a technique he calls Funky Folk. He's playing solo but it sounds like guitar, bass and drums playing the car chase music from the film Dilinger. Pharking brilliant.

Tha Hamm brothers are great. Saw them with Satriani about ten years ago

foxyboy1964
06-09-2007, 02:15 PM
@ BBB462cid...heres a lovely, if rather short version of the Star Spangled Banner...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQtECIfX9yY

foxyboy1964
06-09-2007, 02:24 PM
"More Hamm sir?"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhJAG6-rfQc&mode=related&search=

Swivet
06-09-2007, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by msalama:
Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Larry Graham himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pbhxB7cGbw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ra0cremKF0&mode=related&search=

The Man. B sure.
Larry's DA Man!..Makes me wanna pickup the axe more often than i should be for sure.Trying to figure out what bass that is. Looks like a Fender Jazz Bass custom or a Yamaha "Musicman" with one jazz bass pickup and second offset one. No doubt he got it wired with higher capacity transisters as well. The maple neck brings out those nice slap tones as well, with what i am guessing a ton of other effects and shear volume and talent http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


Awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bearcat99
06-09-2007, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
Oh please....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlHzHLGL60c


Pffftt!! Where do you think Bootsy got it from? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Granted Bootsy used to play with JB..... but Graham was the father of the funk bass... make no bout a doubt it..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Hey Baldie sorry about that.. I meant to quote you and edited your post....

Daiichidoku
06-09-2007, 11:26 PM
one thing for sure

what is nowadays called funk, aint

wheres the blues in todays r&b, anyhow? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

check sly's "life" and "stand"...on all cylinders there...tighter than a rat's snetch..aint no stero loud enough for those two, specially low end http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-HH-Quazi
06-10-2007, 01:20 AM
This gentleman has been called the greatest bass player alive by Mr. Harry Belefonte himself. I have had the pleasure of calling him my brother for 22 years:
http://www.deanguitars.com/content/endorsees/vicdanger.html

Click on this next link and click on the "Listen" link to get a little taste of what my m8 does with a bass guitar:
http://www.waterstoneguitars.com/bass_vicdanger.shtml

Just to give you an idea of this mans natural talent, about 10 years ago I was living in Nashville & had several musicians over for a little jam session. Vic drops in and notices a banjo sitting over in one corner of the room. The man had never held a banjo much less ever played one. After a few minutes he ripped into Stairway to Heaven. Ever heard Stairway to heaven played on a banjo? HEHE Well I have and it is different no doubt. But that showed the God given natural talent he has. It was an awesome time and one I will never forget.

Roblex
06-10-2007, 01:37 AM
My heroes come from a different generation but let's see if any of you youngsters recognise this one.

Like many teenagers my son plays a bit of amateurish guitar. A few years back was working as a theatre technician at a charity show when he was asked by the organiser to help record some backing music for the show with some of the organisers friends. When he came home after one of the sessions he mentioned the 'crazy old bass player Herby'. I jokingly said "well that is a good name for a bass player" and he replied "Yeah! I think they call him that because his surname is Flowers"

He had no idea that he had been jamming with a man who has performed with Bowie & Bolan and was responsible for the Bass Line in "Walk on the wild side". I did not mention Blue Mink or Sky etc. because he would not recognise any of that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Copperhead310th
06-10-2007, 01:45 AM
Badest base player i'ver ever known was an unknown guy by the nameof Mark Spellman. My persoanl pick would have been Billy Sheehan, or Timothy Scmidt. I like Fle from the Chili Pepers alot too.

But Mark had them all beat even Sheehan. and his two handed playing was fantastic.

But yeah i'll conceed that Larry Graham is one of the best funk players. I really like the end peice on that 1st clip. and that white bass reminds me of my old Ernie Ball. only had two basses. but i loved that white and orange Eranie Ball.
it's been almost 2 years since i even touched a bass. i would be beyond rusty.

Geddy Lee? pa-leeese. lol
and the fact that they didn't have a Bass Plater was the primary reason i despise the doors. that and their music make me physically ill just to listen to it for 2 seconds. ugggg!
i'd rather run butt nekid through a tack factory than listen to a single note of the Doors.

skarden
06-10-2007, 07:45 AM
All great bass players http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

here's one of my generations best funkin it up,check it out if ya like a bit o balls to ya funk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
funky goodness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1bG2uzQLbY)

Worf101
06-10-2007, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Skunk_438RCAF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnIuow93vo

Best laugh I've ever had after a long hard weekend. LOL priceless. Figured it wasn't Manhattan. Now onto the question at hand. Graham did invent the Funk-Slap percussion style of bass guitar but I DON'T consider that a good thing. I play bass for pay... That doesn't mean my opinions more valuable than anyone else just perhaps a little more informed.

1. James Jamerson - Bass player on ALL those Motown tracks from my youth. Played on more number ones than Stones, Beatles and Elvis combined a Master of the funky bass line.

2. Willie Weeks - Bass player with feel and sould, "Donny Hathaway Live". Hear that solo "Everything is Everything" and let me know what you think.

3 Mingus - Because he's Mingus.

4. Ron Carter - He succesffuly navigated from Stand-Up Bass to electric and never missed a beat.

5. Stanley Clark - Made Bass guitar a "melodic" instrument.

6. Geddy Lee - Wow...

7. Jaco Pastoriaus - Picked up where Clark left off.

That's my top bass players.

Da Worfster

BrotherVoodoo
06-10-2007, 09:24 AM
Nice list Mr.Worf, I think I will be adding those to my collection.
Swiv, looks like a Jazz Bass to me but alas I play the guitfiddle so I could be mistaken.

jensenpark
06-10-2007, 09:07 PM
The late John Entwistle of The Who...best rock bassist...

msalama
06-10-2007, 10:47 PM
Graham did invent the Funk-Slap percussion style of bass guitar but I DON'T consider that a good thing.

Each to their own, eh?

Nothing wrong with your favorites either though. Brilliant players to a man...


I play bass for pay... That doesn't mean my opinions more valuable than anyone else just perhaps a little more informed.

Well FWIW I played guitar on some 10 records or so - plus on a load of radio & TV commercials too - when I was younger and I _still_ love Larry Graham http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

John_Wayne_
06-11-2007, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by jensenpark:
The late John Entwistle of The Who...best rock bassist...

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

The part
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDE-ZvfOwU

The whole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE


Another part
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og4Bm8CZyNQ

Another whole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUBTX9kKEo

BaldieJr
06-11-2007, 11:24 AM
This freak can put it down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jvCd2O3GMs

BaldieJr
06-11-2007, 11:28 AM
And this guy deserves... something

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf56jYDv2fc

crucislancer
06-11-2007, 11:42 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Skunk_438RCAF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnIuow93vo

Best laugh I've ever had after a long hard weekend. LOL priceless. Figured it wasn't Manhattan. Now onto the question at hand. Graham did invent the Funk-Slap percussion style of bass guitar but I DON'T consider that a good thing. I play bass for pay... That doesn't mean my opinions more valuable than anyone else just perhaps a little more informed.

1. James Jamerson - Bass player on ALL those Motown tracks from my youth. Played on more number ones than Stones, Beatles and Elvis combined a Master of the funky bass line.

2. Willie Weeks - Bass player with feel and sould, "Donny Hathaway Live". Hear that solo "Everything is Everything" and let me know what you think.

3 Mingus - Because he's Mingus.

4. Ron Carter - He succesffuly navigated from Stand-Up Bass to electric and never missed a beat.

5. Stanley Clark - Made Bass guitar a "melodic" instrument.

6. Geddy Lee - Wow...

7. Jaco Pastoriaus - Picked up where Clark left off.

That's my top bass players.

Da Worfster </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Awesome list. As a fellow bassist, most of those are in my top ten as well, though I might mix them around a bit. I'm a huge Rush fan, as well as a huge Jaco fan, so as far as favorite bassists I would put those two on the top of the list. Jamerson was the MAN, for sure.

Swivet, that bass that Larry Graham is playing is a Fender Jazz, with a Ash body (I believe) and Maple neck and fretboard. That combo makes for some fantastic slap tones.

crucislancer
06-11-2007, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Copperhead310th:
Geddy Lee? pa-leeese. lol

Pa-leeese what? Do you want Geddy Lee to please blast you with his incredible bass playing? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

DrHerb
06-11-2007, 06:32 PM
Somebody seems to have forgotten about Les Claypool

little sample of Les (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5XeVLJeMdE)

partic_3
06-11-2007, 09:47 PM
well, yes and all good. There is another angle and it's what I aim for as a bassist... when you're playing well no-one notices but they dance. When you're not, they still don't notice you but they don't dance. Bass ain't about standing out, it's about laying down a fat groove so the show ponies can prance about and think they matter!

ddpairborne59
06-11-2007, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Graham, Wooten, White,Johnso.. Jaco, Clarke, Patatucci.. so many.. but Graham was the father of the funk thump.. no doubt.. I would have loved to hear either him or Jaco & Hendrix play together... He put the funk in Sly...
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif
Wow! That man can play that axe.
YAH! Jaco,and weather report days.
Stanley and return to forever with Lenny White on the skins.

WOLFMondo
06-12-2007, 07:50 AM
Darn, I thought this would be a thread about Les Claypool.

crucislancer
06-12-2007, 08:13 AM
Originally posted by DrHerb:
Somebody seems to have forgotten about Les Claypool

little sample of Les (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5XeVLJeMdE)

Can't forget about Les!

I saw Primus when they opened for Rush back in 1992. Les is a interesting character. He told some story about something that I don't recall, maybe fishing, while playing "Kashmir" on an electric upright. Really funny. I remember he had that 6-string Thompson (?) that was fretted on the lower position and fretless in the upper register. He did some really cool **** on it.

crucislancer
06-12-2007, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by ddpairborne59:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Graham, Wooten, White,Johnso.. Jaco, Clarke, Patatucci.. so many.. but Graham was the father of the funk thump.. no doubt.. I would have loved to hear either him or Jaco & Hendrix play together... He put the funk in Sly...
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif
Wow! That man can play that axe.
YAH! Jaco,and weather report days.
Stanley and return to forever with Lenny White on the skins. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Jaco playing Portrait of Tracy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOnhzoC-i8)

Awesome.

ddpairborne59
06-12-2007, 12:00 PM
Jaco playing Portrait of Tracy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOnhzoC-i8)

Awesome.[/QUOTE]

Nice! I really enjoyed that. Thanks crucislancer.

arjisme
06-12-2007, 05:30 PM
Originally posted by WOLFMondo:
Darn, I thought this would be a thread about Les Claypool. Same here. DrHerb rescues the thread though! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

CrazySchmidt
06-13-2007, 05:56 AM
Ok, I'm not scrolling through the whole thread but this guy is a great rock bassist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLGBk1mE5U

CS. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ojcar1971
06-13-2007, 06:52 AM
Sorry, but I'm going to deffend poor old Lemmy.
He's not obviously as technicaly gifted as the others bassist of this post, but he's a great bassist for some reasons:
-He has his own sound and style, often imitated by a great number of bass players.
-He has attitude, stage presence and feeling.
-He's a very underrated rock'n'roll composer
-He played in two great bands: Hawkwind and Motorhead.
-He plays a gorgeous Rickenbaker bass.
And finally and most important:
-He played "Bomber" with a He-111 over the stage!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80w15qfFk_8

Bearcat99
06-13-2007, 06:53 AM
Originally posted by CrazySchmidt:
Ok, I'm not scrolling through the whole thread but this guy is a great rock bassist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLGBk1mE5U

CS. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Hey CS.... hows thew update comin? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

CrazySchmidt
06-13-2007, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CrazySchmidt:
Ok, I'm not scrolling through the whole thread but this guy is a great rock bassist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLGBk1mE5U

CS. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Hey CS.... hows thew update comin? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL! It's coming along very well thanks mate. Still a bit more work to go yet, I'd say probably about 2/3's of the way through.

At a rough guess I would estimate about another 6 weeks.

Cheers, CS. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Copperhead310th
06-13-2007, 11:58 PM
Ya know i cannot belive that no one here (my slef included) mentioned Stu Hamm. This wa the guy that got me even intersted in playing bass. Till i watched/ listend to his solo stuff i really didn't care about the bass. His solo two handed stuff is just beautiful.

skarden
06-14-2007, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by Copperhead310th:
Ya know i cannot belive that no one here (my slef included) mentioned Stu Hamm. This wa the guy that got me even intersted in playing bass. Till i watched/ listend to his solo stuff i really didn't care about the bass. His solo two handed stuff is just beautiful.

Foxxyboy1964 mentioned him twice on the 1st page(time to put the crack pipe down eh http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)
But yeah as a Satch fan i discovered Stu Hamm a few years ago and all i can say is Damm!!!

crucislancer
06-14-2007, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by Copperhead310th:
Ya know i cannot belive that no one here (my slef included) mentioned Stu Hamm. This wa the guy that got me even intersted in playing bass. Till i watched/ listend to his solo stuff i really didn't care about the bass. His solo two handed stuff is just beautiful.

I've seen Stu Hamm 3 times, all with Satriani, and he just blows my mind every time. His solo album "Outbound" is one of my favorites. I missed my chance to see the "B3" shows (Hamm, Jeff Berlin, and Billy Sheehan together). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

crucislancer
06-14-2007, 08:21 AM
Originally posted by CrazySchmidt:
Ok, I'm not scrolling through the whole thread but this guy is a great rock bassist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLGBk1mE5U

CS. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I saw Sheehan twice when he was with Mr. Big, both times as an opener for Rush. He's a very talented bassist. I never was one for his over-the-top style, but there's no doubt he's a badass.

xx4L0Mxx
06-14-2007, 09:06 AM
All that flying at altitude must have messed with your brains.......
Here's the late Great Cliff Burton of Metallica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O9zMnwD65Q&mode=related&search=

crucislancer
06-14-2007, 09:21 AM
Originally posted by xx4L0Mxx:
All that flying at altitude must have messed with your brains.......
Here's the late Great Cliff Burton of Metallica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O9zMnwD65Q&mode=related&search=

I still have that video on VHS. Yeah, Cliff was a badass. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

CarpeNoctem43
06-14-2007, 02:14 PM
he can contend with the likes of graham as best bassist, and with lemmy for ugliestWink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFIexFR3XEk&mode=related&search=

Did you not get a look at Geddy's mug? LOL

Props to Rush - baddest bass player + baddest drummer.

greybeard307
06-14-2007, 04:06 PM
Surprised nobody has mentioned Jack Bruce yet

DrHerb
06-14-2007, 08:04 PM
even Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica) is pretty damn good Robert Trujillo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SARo3wgGnw&mode=related&search=)

no real video, sorry, but sound is nice better than Jason Newstead imho

Swivet
06-15-2007, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by DrHerb:
even Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica) is pretty damn good Robert Trujillo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SARo3wgGnw&mode=related&search=)


Big fan of Trujillo since Suicidal Tendencies, tho you wouldn't hear his funky talent till he joined up with Infectious Grooves, Or the occasional bass solo like posted http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif There are so many underrated players out there that we'll never know or see http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

RAF74_Raptor
06-15-2007, 03:39 AM
Les Claypool from Primus for the win


2nd Cliff Burton From metallica God bless His soul

hotspace
06-15-2007, 05:04 AM
I would also add John Deacon as some of his bass work was top notch......but thats what you would expect me to say http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Liar (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9fad25vmn4U)

Dragon Attack (http://youtube.com/watch?v=jMNWs2BOu1M)

AOBTD (http://youtube.com/watch?v=CEtlx1PdI0Q)

Under Pressure (http://youtube.com/watch?v=6we3M6h-GcU)

CLTCL (http://youtube.com/watch?v=TovNZSu-LOU)

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 06:56 AM
I can't believe that no one has mentioned John Paul Jones yet. I can't believe that I didn't mention it.

scottmal1
06-15-2007, 07:15 AM
Originally posted by Megile:
No, lemmy would be the worst musician to ever touch bass guitar.

Na sorry mate but i think Muttley McLadd from the Macc Lads would, Seen em live, Well funny, They've got some vids on you tube.