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BassPlayer 2017-02

BassPlayer 2017-02


CS 100 GREATEST BASS PLAYERS 72 74 76 Victor Bailey A natural talent blessed with Jaco’s bravura, the Philly-born phenom was the perfect Pastorius replacement in Weather Report, issuing his own dramatic Jazz Bass tones. Bailey’s elastic grooves redefined the pocket, his bebop lines and phrasing raised the bar on blowing, and his radical techniques (like double-thumbing and tapping) across four solo sides remains under-heralded. 73 Dee Murray With Elton John’s wildly successful ’70s band, Murray’s smartly syncopated R&B approach first pushed the boundaries of the piano/bass/drums rocktrio format on the early album 11-17-70. Over the next decade, Dee’s upfront sound and upperregister fills helped bring dozens of Elton’s tracks to life on classic albums like Honky Chateau and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. 75 KEVIN MAZUR Esperanza Spalding Sure, she’s a stylish young artist who sings beautifully in three languages while casually handling acoustic (and her fretless Propert and Fender electrics) like a virtuoso. After last year’s multi-hued Emily’s D+Evolution explosion, however, this gifted 32-year-old is laying the foundation for a lifelong career that will continue to defy expectations. 77 Michael Manring Manring has become one of the bass guitar’s greatest experimenters and innovators. First making his mark as a Windham Hill Records fretless specialist, Manring developed the Hyperbass (with builder Joe Zon) and other instruments featuring leveractivated hardware that allows for instantaneous alternate tunings. He is also known for playing multiple basses at once. Sting With the Police, Sting brought reggae influences—featuring onedrops and unexpected rests—into rock, starting with 1978’s “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You.” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1982) is a pop-bass masterpiece of space and development. If you’re still skeptical of his bass brilliance, check out the weird “Masoko Tanga” (’78). Peter Hook Listen to classics like “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Ceremony” and marvel at how catchy and clear the bass lines are. It’s no surprise, then, that Hooky’s distinctive pick work with Joy Division and New Order, most famously on Yamaha BB1200S 4-strings and Shergold Marathon 6-strings, has had such a huge impact on post-punk and new-wave bass. 40 / february2017

78 80 82 Mark King Try this: Make a list of badasses with crazy chops. Circle the ones who write hits that incorporate those chops. Now highlight the ones who sing completely independent vocal lines and front a band while flaunting said chops on the hits. If your short list doesn’t include Level 42’s Mark King and his JayDee, Alembic, and Status basses, you’re doing it wrong. 79 Tim Bogert His bands Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and Beck, Bogert & Appice inspired Yes, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. Using that as a springboard, Tim Bogert took a fearless approach to his high-powered support and solo styles. The raucous results influenced countless bassists, including Jeff Berlin and Billy Sheehan. 81 David Hood The man who put the muscle into the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (nicknamed the Swampers), this Alabama native mastered the art of delivering more with fewer notes. In the ’60s and ’70s, Hood’s Southern-flavored R&B lines were sought out by legendary artists from Aretha Franklin to Paul Simon to the Rolling Stones, but his singular contribution to the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” may well be his most famous line. 83 Justin Chancellor After joining Tool in 1995, Justin Chancellor redefined heavy playing with his Wal Bass-driven tone, complex riffs, and ability to make difficult odd time signatures sound easy. A true juggernaut in both ability and creativity, Chancellor’s playing on Ænima, Lateralus, and 10,000 Days dominate in a powerful band where drums and vocals were previously king. Stuart Hamm Blending his classical music upbringing, Berklee training, and appreciation for Eddie Van Halen, Stu Hamm found an original style that’s largely responsible for bringing tapping into the bass lexicon. He also released a string of acclaimed solo albums, popularized short-scale basses, and compiled serious sideman credits with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Frank Gambale. Jonas Hellborg A Swedish virtuoso with a rapacious and broad appetite for music, Hellborg first came to prominence with guitarist John McLaughlin’s trio. Iconic records with guitarist Shawn Lane, Bill Laswell, and numerous Indian master musicians make his recorded output rewarding and eclectic, each showcasing his exceptional facility, deep musicality, and principled sonic aesthetic. / february2017 41 WW_CS_3317_2,375x9,75_USA.indd 1 06.12.16 11:55

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