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BassPlayer 2017-02

BassPlayer 2017-02


CS 100 GREATEST BASS PLAYERS 56 57 58 59 Steve Swallow Along with Jaco Pastorius, Swallow is perhaps the best-regarded composer and player to wield a bass guitar in jazz. His singular technique (he uses a copper pick on a 5-string with a high C), unerring melodicism, and implacable swing have made him a stalwart sideman with artists like Gary Burton, John Scofield, and Carla Bley, and a bandleader of lasting import. 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. Balancing roots with bouncy, offbeat upper-register figures, he could spin long motivic statements sometimes lasting over a minute, often steering the band into daring new harmonic territory. Edgar Meyer While we feel that all these bassists are geniuses, Edgar Meyer was actually deemed one, by the MacArthur Foundation in 2002. One listen to his virtuosic arco and pizzicato compositions and it becomes evident why. His work with Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, Chris Thile, and James Taylor has solidified his place as one of the greatest upright bassists of all time. Bob Babbitt Establishing himself behind James Jamerson at Motown on hits like Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and Dennis Coffey’s “Scorpio” (boasting a 90-second bass solo), Babbitt forged his own R&B-rooted style. His hundreds of sessions in Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville include Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Robert Palmer’s “Every Kinda People.” The LifeLine adds life to your amplified sound, at any volume. No changes to your bridge, no glue, no preamp, no contest. The Realist: It’s you, only louder. 36 / february2017

60 61 62 63 Meshell Ndegeocello The songwriter/bandleader—best known for her go-go-influenced grooves and back-pickup sound on a Jazz Bass or signature Reverend—is reliably strong and undeniably stanky, whether on her own or with luminaries like Herbie Hancock and Chaka Khan. “I’m like Prince and Sting,” she says. “If they had a baby, that’s my style.” Jerry Jemmott Summoned South from New York to fix Aretha Franklin’s “Think” with his street-smart syncopation—forged as a member of King Curtis’ band— Jemmott went on to cut classic recordings with Wilson Pickett, Duane Allman, Otis Rush, and the Rascals. His stuttering bass lines (check out B.B. King’s Live and Well) laid the template for Rocco, Jaco, and other 16th-note masters. Matt Garrison Garrison, the son of Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison, expanded the bass guitar’s harmonic and sonic capabilities by stringing his 5-string with a high C and adding a MIDI pickup. The resulting blend of played and programmed content on his landmark first two albums, as well as stints with Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, and Herbie Hancock, have influenced a wave of followers. Lemmy Kilmister The Rickenbacker bass, the black hat, the bottle of Jack Daniels, the mole, the legend. Few bassists have been the iconic face of rock in the way that Lemmy was. His playing with his speed-metal outfit Motörhead taught future generations of bass players that attitude is just as important as talent. OVER 250,000 ITEMS FROM YOUR FAVORITE BANDS T - SHIRTS HOODIES JACKETS JERSEYS TANK TOPS SWEATERS LONG SLEEVES SHORTS BABYWEAR HATS BEANIES JEWELRY BACKPACKS BAGS POSTERS COLLECTIBLES TOYS FLAGS PATCHES PINS BUTTONS STICKERS WALLETS KEY CHAINS DVDS VINYL AND MORE For a free catalog, visit, call or write:

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