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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:26 AM
Again listening to Fillmore East I came to thinking--

There are just some bass players who took the instrument to a new level by playing the bass like a lead guitar, wrapping bass lines around all the other instruments and giving it a life of its own. Guys like Berry, Allen Woody, Phil Lesh, Jack Bruce and Jack Kassady are just a few who are/were unbelievable and made the bass guitar its own instrument by taking it to a higher level---so much more than just playing the root notes and laying a basic foundation. I am in awe listening to these guys and would love to be able to play a bass like they do.

Who else fits this bill?

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:28 AM
i'd say:
geezer butler
the ox
billy sheehan

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:29 AM
John Entwistle
 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:31 AM
Entwistle---unbelievable, truly unbelievable.

I saw The Who in Philadelphia in the 80's and stood in front of him the whole night through. I was mesmorized beyond belief. How did I forget to include him in my original post? One of the absolute best there ever was

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:46 AM
Chris Squire - YES

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 01:53 AM
Paul McCartney
Oteil
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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 02:22 AM
Geddy Lee................amazing what he does with the bass.................

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 02:27 AM
Stanley Clarke

His solo on the last RTF tour was perhaps the highlight of the show, and given that band, that's saying something

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 02:33 AM
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Again listening to Fillmore East I came to thinking--

There are just some bass players who took the instrument to a new level by playing the bass like a lead guitar, wrapping bass lines around all the other instruments and giving it a life of its own. Guys like Berry, Allen Woody, Phil Lesh, Jack Bruce and Jack Kassady are just a few who are/were unbelievable and made the bass guitar its own instrument by taking it to a higher level---so much more than just playing the root notes and laying a basic foundation. I am in awe listening to these guys and would love to be able to play a bass like they do.

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Entwistle obviously.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 02:38 AM
Lots of greats already mentioned

I will add Steve Harris

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 03:24 AM
PHIL!

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 06:43 AM
Jaco...

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 09:47 AM
Here's one you've probably never heard of: Jassen Wilber, the bass player for Bernard Allison. Best little-known bass player I've heard, and he definately can play it like a guitar.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 10:47 AM
Justin Chancellor from Tool. Guy rips the bass

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 10:59 AM


Les Claypool

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 11:13 AM
Boosty Collions
Duff from GNR kinda.
Flea
Robert Deleo

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 11:18 AM
John Entwistle - The Who
Leo Lyons - Ten Years After

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 12:06 PM
ummmm......does Cliff Burton count.....holy crap.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 12:10 PM
Noel Redding

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 12:13 PM
Jacho Pastoiius of Weather Report.(I know I probably spelled it wrong). Saw him as a solo act once. He did an amazing version of Purple Haze.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 12:24 PM
The Ox, Chris Squire and Tim Bogert.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 12:29 PM
Paul McCartney
Jack Bruce
Phil Lesh
Jaco
Berry
Stanley Clarke

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 03:05 PM
Victor Wooten better than most guitar players and can hold the bottom down at the same time. Incredible!

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 03:50 PM
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Ditto ... and the Clarke, Wooten, Marcus Miller bass trio. And Jaco

[Edited on 10/30/2010 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 10/30/2010 at 04:11 PM

Trevor Bolder from Uriah Heep...

 

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