CS 100 GREATEST BASS PLAYERS 64 65 INGRID HERTFELDER 66 67 Oteil Burbridge Earning instant bass-hero status via his chordal 6-string mastery and heartfelt scat-and-play solos with Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit in 1990, Burbridge took an unexpected turn joining the Allman Brothers Band in ’97, supplying fat-pocketed 4-string improvisations. Oteil combined both styles on his solo albums and with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Dead & Company. Richard Bona Bona is the complete package: a preternaturally talented entertainer and multi-instrumentalist blessed with a mellifluous voice and show-stopping bass technique. The supremely confident solo artist, high-profile sideman, and New York club owner is a master at connecting with audiences of every stripe. Is there a gig this Fodera man can’t do? Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen NHØP (1946–2005) took Ray Brown’s style and technique to dizzying heights. He got his start at age 15 in the house band of Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, later working with American jazzers Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, and Oscar Peterson. His incredible technique featured three-finger plucking, a four-finger left-hand system, and a saxophonelike melodic approach. Doug Wimbish The envelope-pushing slap-’n’-tap and effects master parlayed the freedom he was given as house bassist at rap-dawning Sugar Hill Records into the cutting-edge ambient band Tackhead. That led to sessions with Mick Jagger and the Stones, Madonna, Jeff Beck, Annie Lennox, Mos Def, Carly Simon, and Seal. Since 1992, Wimbish has held the bass chair in Living Colour.
68 DREW GOREN 69 70 Michael Lutch / JAMES TAYLOR 71 DEBORAH FEINGOLD Dave Holland Holland appeared on legendary Miles Davis albums of the ’60s like Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew. In 1972, he recorded Conference of the Birds, his first project as a leader. Since then, Holland has maintained a full touring schedule as bandleader and sideman, influencing all modern jazz bassists with his precise technique and experimental musicality. Robbie Shakespeare The bass half of one of Earth’s most successful production duos, Robbie Shakespeare has partnered with drummer Sly Dunbar on more than 200,000 recordings since the ’70s. And not just with reggae artists: His Fender, Höfner, Steinberger, and Paul Reed Smith basses, always with flats, have done wonders for folks like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Sinead O’Connor, too. Jimmy Johnson Descended from a Minnesota family of great bassists, Johnson was the first to use a 5-string (with a low B) on the Los Angeles session scene, popularizing the instrument with both his fellow studio aces and bassists at large. Followers also flocked to his forward-leaning fusion forays with Allan Holdsworth and Flim & the BB’s, and his longtime role with James Taylor. Christian McBride Sporting Ray Brown-like skills and savvy as a teen, the Philly-born McBride has gone on to become a jazz ambassador both as a bandleader and as the upright bassist for everyone from Pat Metheny to Sting. On the electric side, his James Browninformed, groove-refining bass guitar playing has helped bridge the two instruments while inspiring countless bassists to double. bassplayer.com / february2017 39