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BassPlayer 2017-02

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CS 100 GREATEST BASS

CS 100 GREATEST BASS PLAYERS 88 FRANCISCO MOLINA REYES Bobby Rodriguez New York City gave Cachao-innovated Afro-Cuban music a new flavor, led by artists like Machito and Tito Puente, with Rodriguez as the mighty core. Classically trained and later moving to Baby Bass and bass guitar, Rodriguez invented key rhythms and grooves still played today, while establishing a lineage that moves through Sal Cuevas (who brought funk slapping to the idiom) and current masters Andy Gonzalez and Ruben Rodriguez. 89 THE LOGICAL EVOLUTION OF BASS TECHNOLOGY WILLCOX SABER VL5 | TRANSPARENT NATURAL High quality woods and components, acoustically advanced design and boutique craftsmanship, combined with industry exclusive LIGHTWAVE OPTICAL PICKUPS, creates an instrument like nothing you’ve ever played before. Powerful and concise low end. Clear, sustaining highs. A vocal and detailed midrange... the true voice of the instrument at your fingertips. Come and HEAR THE LIGHT for yourself. Mike Watt In the world of punk and alternative music, there are few greater stewards of the bass than Mike Watt. His time with the Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, and the Stooges led to an expansive solo career that inspired many popular grunge and rock bands of the ’90s. A true architect of gritty tone, Watt has inspired generations of punks to come. 90 Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner Who’s the wild-lookin’ singer with a sombrero playing impossible chords and Stanley Clarke-style runs on a 6-string Ibanez archtop bass, you ask? That’s Thundercat, who has parlayed sessions with everyone from Suicidal Tendencies and Bilal to Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Erykah Badu into an enviable career that allows him to be whoever he wants to be—a true rarity. 91 LUKE SORENSON Learn more at willcoxguitars.com/bassplayer Hadrien Feraud Inspired by Jaco, Dominique Di Piazza, and Matt Garrison, the Paris-born 5-stringer has fronted a movement of explosive young fuzers like Janek Gwizdala, Felix Pastorius, MonoNeon, and Henrik Linder. Combining a new level of technical mastery with a ’70s-and-’80s-informed imagination, Hadrien has pushed the bass forward both as a sideman with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and the Zawinul Legacy Band, and as a solo artist. 44 bassplayer.com / february2017

92 KAY FIELD 93 JOHN BROWN 94 Bobby Vega His precise thumb, fingerstyle chops, fluid harmonics, soulful chords, and beat-up ’61 Jazz have gotten him onstage and in the studio with everyone from Sly Stone and Etta James to Tower Of Power and Mickey Hart, but it’s Bobby’s jawdropping plectrum prowess that has made it ever so uncool to not rock funky 16ths with a pick in 2017. Bill Laswell Laswell, a prolific producer with an unmatched, pan-global resumé stretching from Whitney Houston to Zakir Hussain, arrived at his signature, dub-influenced fretless P-Bass tone after thousands of sessions since the ’70s. The longtime New Yorker has built a career on feel, not theory. “I aspire to learn less and less about music as I go on,” he said in 2003. Willie Dixon The father of blues bass and one of its greatest composers, Dixon started at Chicago’s Chess Records in the ’40s as a bassist/producer/writer, helping to launch the careers of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy, and playing on Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” A key architect of blues bass lines, he was also a devasting slapper (check out Memphis Slim’s “Joggie Boogie”). bassplayer.com / february2017 45

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