Bassists. Are like Diamonds. Rare, but very Valuable if u find a good one. Sometimes plain on the outside, but when discovered, they will shine so brightly it makes everything else look good.
I really love playing with bassists…that have a good groove. To me a good bassline is like sex. It just makes me excited, it makes me want more, and I hope it never ends. When it does, it is always good.
They are one of the most under-rated musicians around. Please respect your bassists and encourage them to express themselves! Give them space, they deserve the centre-stage sometimes.
And of course, this 5-time Grammy winner monster of a bassist deserves centre-stage more than anyone of us:
Victor Wooten, the only person who has been named more than once, Bassist of the Year (three times!). He is also regarded as one of the “Greatest Bassists of all time” by Rolling Stones, alongside Flea, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney.
Another legend, who died the year I was born.. but deserves more attention!
Jaco Pastorius was an early innovator of harmonics, and was said to be “arguably the most important and ground-breaking electric bassist in history”. Who can argue with that, especially when your normal gigs are with legends Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny?
Who are your favourite bassists? Check out this list of 60 bassists too.