Lemmy nr. Phillip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. Love the John McVie/Mick Fleetwood axis. Just how excellent depends on what kind of music YOU want to hear now. No Kasim Sulton, and Roger Waters at 13, who makes up this stuff? Nice effort, but Gerry McAvoy certainly belongs in the top 50. 1.) i didn’t know thecnycal know how isn’t a parameter to make a list of best 50 bass players, These list suck! – for those of you in the UK, Dalton and Rodford still are Active in the Kast-off Kinks. The syrupy crap he put out later can’t take away from the genuinely brilliant playing he did in those early days. Let’s hear it!”. As a guitarist, he winded up doing some interesting and progressive things at bass, much like Entwistle did with The Who. I know it’s been mentioned before, but how can you leave Felix Pappalardi off this list? Good bass is down there holding the sound together not up in the treble trying to play lead on bass and muddying the whole thing. Point blank period!!! Personally, I would put Getty Lee as #1 and maybe flip flop John Entwistle with Flea but really, all of them are fantastic musicians. 1 on the “coolest dude”-list… , …and besides – Flea doesn’t deserve 3’rd here… Tal Wilkenfeld who’s played with Jeff Beck among others is a tremendous young bass player. Carol Kaye probably played bass on more albums than anyone else. And Jojo Garza. Folks, Its spelled Casady. If we are gonna be ridiculous, we might as well put Danny Partridge in here as well!! Sklar at 49 und Dunn at 47 ? It’s nice to see someone else appreciate Cetera. Yes, we know that real Deadheads already know everything there is to know about Lesh's life and times, but hopefully we've come up with five things that will at least surprise some of you. No Flea? THIS SOUNDBOARD IS **FREE** THANKS TO PHIL & FRIENDS (WWW.PHILLESH.NET) I didn’t see Bunny Brunel, or Jeff Berlin. Sklar, Dunn, East, and Louis Johnson in the bottom 10?!?! What about new guys like Hadrien Feraud or greats like John Pattitucci???!? Deaky really should be high on the top 50. No Bakithi Kumalo or Chuck Rainey or David Hood?!? Just listen to Rio. Where’s Jeff Becks right hand girl Tal Wilkenfeld?? Let us know in the comments section. Both of the bands Dave Pegg played in, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, have a history of remarkable bassists (take a bow, Ashley Hutchings and the late Glenn Cornick). Paul McCartney is a great in the rock world, no doubt, but bass is just what he did because The Beatles needed a bassist. And Jaco is the greatest who ever lived—he did more to shape the world of electric bass than anyone on this list. You cannmot put Ray Brown and Stanley clarke ubder a phil Lynott for crying out loud! You can’t leave off Mark Adams,he had a style of his owm! ahhhh yesss ………you are the true voice of reason here in the comments section of this list. Lesh was more a catapult to parts further out. He brought me onto the stage (the first time I had ever looked out at a waiting crowd of 20,000 people), and we searched around in different cases looking for Phil’s Starfire, but no luck (we did find Garcia’s and Weir’s guitars though.) One that is not is, IMOO, Tony Levin !!!!! He could play a lead bass as well as Entwistle, and had licks as good as McCartney or Casady. George and Ringo agreed too and they were right there. All of which are deserving to be on the list and that’s just the rock guys. Obviously a popularity contest. No Greg Ridley???? Apr 28, 2015 - Dave Schools Interviews Phil Lesh: “I’m A Bass Player But What Are You?” (Relix Revisited) : Articles : Relix Faltou o saudoso Gary Than(ex-Uriah Heep); o baixista do Grand Funk Railroad; o baixista e vocalista da banda Robin Trower; entre outros. Should have got in for his playing on Living Colour’s ‘Stain’ alone. Since then he’s been Meat Loaf’s musical director and been both black and blue – with long stints in Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, Hall & Oates and the Blue Öyster Cult. Full-bodied sound like no other. You forgot Mani from the Stone Roses and Peter Hook from New Order. Better than almost the entire list but never gets any credit! He’s awesome – but not 3’rd… probably top 20 though…. Another bass player you might have missed because the genre he plays – gospel music – Abraham Laboriel. Greg Lake Might have a better chance to honor more fine musicians. 7.) Really???!!! Where´s Mel Schaher? NHOP only came up once and did not see Christian McBride at all. you should have made this best rock n roll bass players of all time.Cause you excluded Mingus,Bernard Edwards,Pino Paladino and a few others.And James Jameson played on 37 number one albums nobody else gets close to this accept maybe Sir Paul McCartney !! You’re right. Where is Paul Chambers? Jaco Pastorius, who turned the instrument on its head and completely reinvented its use at number 12? When you don’t include Abraham Laboriel in a top 50 Bass Players list you are a joke that isn’t funny. Wilbur Bascomb – Session man. I like Oteil and Victor wooten, Steve Bailey is quite awesome but thats me. In 1968, there were 3 custom instruments made by Guild for the Grateful Dead. Having recently stepped out of the purely jazz world, the singer and bassist has moved into a pop/R&B/progressive realm of her own devising. Where’s Herbie Flowers? McCartney was a great song writer and singer, but can’t think of anything in his music that screams “Great Bass Player”. If you’re very talented. When you think of the stately, elegant sound of an acoustic jazz bass, it’s his work you probably have in mind. Professionally, he keeps trying to leave music, but it keeps coming to get him. Try again, do more research, and dump the merely famous who were mediocre bassists at best, like frigging McCartney and Sting. John McVie, even going back to his early days with John Mayall. The funkiest of The Funk Brothers, James Jamerson put the swing into countless Motown classics before finally getting an album-sleeve credit on Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’. Hah! these lists are always a crapshoot but seriously? Peter Mars Cowling (Pat Travers Band), Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Bob Daisley(Ozzy Osbourne & like ten other bands he was in) these guys are fantastic & even the guys that had to replace them were great to be able to play their lines correctly! After the band’s disbandin… Check out his solo around the 2:17 mark of this terrific live video: http://youtu.be/LwFR5fjs8m4. Maybe for rock enthusiast this list is true but greatest.. this is a plainly biased list. Greg Lake is missing,also Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention,Jethro Tull),who called Stanley Clarke a fake. Why is mostly rock? Are you serious…John Entwhistle overated……have you listened to the original Quadraphenia. He is the gold standard, and has been since the late 70’s. Does this spark any interest? How can anyone say Sting is a better bass player than Roger Glover? Mind you. 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. Listen to the first few songs (20 minutes) from this 1976 youtube concert. Have you not seen Tal Wilkenfeld play with Jeff Beck? But soulless. Personal choice is just that ….personal. Berry Oakley at 41 is just ridiculous Just the bassist for a great band. I was torn between Getty Lee and John Paul Jones at the #1 spot since Jones is so much more than just a bass player so a coin toss was in order. Played behind some fast ass guitar players. Lists like this are always lacking and shortsighted. Glenn Cornick $99.99. Stephen Stills Where is Stanley, where is Richard Bona, Where is Talk Wikinfield? Followed by Claypool at #2. It didn’t matter. What about the bombastic bass playing on what I consider to be one of the most energetic live albums ever, Grand Funk Live Album, witch features Mel Schacher on bass? I admit I am not as familiar with bass players as I am with lead guitarists, even with my favorite band Survivor. You missed Mel Schacher (Grand Funk), who ruled the bottom end… and Chris Squire at #15? Roger Waters is a great musician, a good bass player but not a phenomenal one to be in the 13th place just after Jaco Pastorius and above bassists like Tony Levin and Billy Sheehan … and why Roger Glover is always underrated??? Your email address will not be published. If you’re going to include Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke and omit Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, then your list is trash. And you may only put Chris Squire below McCartnet & Entwistle in rock. Must be the top 50 bassists over 50. My brother told me that Jack Casady was in the shop when he went to pick it up and said, “I hope you’ll be playing that around here — that’s a seriously karma laden bass.”, But, over the years, I discovered why Phil gave it up. No Mark King? So yes those with a broad range of understanding and experience would would never rank Jaco lower than 2nd. She also happened to play with the Stones in her spare time. No Bob Daisley? And you have Duff (G n R) in the top 20? Charles Mingus was an innovator in jazz and one of the more adventurous bassists in any genre. John Myung? 8.) My brother Bob Kibler, was one of the finest bass guitar players of all times. Jamerson BARELY makes top 20. According to Ron Wickersham in Blair Jackson’s book Grateful Dead Gear, this was the first active bass. Tull bassists were always expected to be well rounded – even down to wielding the stand-up bass when needed. Soon after, Lesh encountered a young wild-haired banjo player named Jerry Garcia at Kepler’s Bookstore in Palo Alto who’s playing chops were so impressive that he was invited to perform on the KPFA raio show The Midnight Special, where Phil had been moonlighting as an engineer. So, where are the Ink Spots playing 1 of the best songs (45 RPM) SeaOfLove ? Good call on Steve Harris… he is the driving force behind the true Gods of metal music. No Ron Carter or Jack Casady? Jaco Pastorius at 12 behind FLEA, for God’s sake, and James Jamerson isn’t even mentioned? Chris Squire is top 5 easy. Paul Mc plays with a plectrum : is NO real bass player ! They were available, 50 years ago, in 2 models, one 12”, and one 12” + one 8” (both speakers though were wired to that single amp output). John Myung from Dream Theater, Billy Sheehan from Steve Vai’s Band, and Stu Hamm.. Who makes up these list? He definitely belongs here! He should be #1, and you left off several jazz bassists, including Leroy Vinnegar. Best bass player from the punk era as far as I’m concerned. Jack Bruce listed behind Flea? Jack is still kickin’ it big time… check out White Rabbit @ 21:42, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m4vzWmDuKg, you dont got Jack if you dont got Jack! Its one thing if its a great song but if the song is notable because of how the Bass stands out and is unique, that is a true ‘top’ Bassist. Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) As I got older I really came to admire Lee Sklar and John McVie for their solid few-frills bottom end. Surely the list must’ve started out at 250 or 300…How do you decide who gets whittled down off the list? I was there when he did. Right you are Alan! To have Mingus and Charlie Haden behind Paul McCarthey is – with all due respect – a joke, and not even a funny one. Currently the band that will play with Lesh is unknown. See more ideas about phil, grateful dead, greatful dead. Everyone else tied for 3rd. Who has not got the start of Walk on the Wild Side in their head somewhere! Great List but I think Dave Holland should have made the list, countless great jazz albums including miles Davis’ Bithes Brew. Billy Sheehen should be in the top 5. All of the players say he was an influence. In one’s early life as a musician, one tends to look for signs along the way that you’ve chosen the right path. Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies bassists requires 52 slots! They rarely get anything right. He should be number 1. after all, there is no such thing as “best” ………..it’s too subjective ………..people like what they like, and have different attitudes about what makes a player The Best ! Phil was known as an innovative bass player, often improvising his own sound and style away from the conventional time keeping role of a bassist. With all the amazing things he does on the bass, he still somehow manages lead vocals…. Indeed follks; perennial winner of best bassist in Playboy Magazine’s highly regarded Jazz and Pop music poll, was like a brilliant lead bass player, climbing and winding his way around the gorgeous, soaring vocals of the Airplane’s gifted singers. Unfortunately, since the Ashhats at the RRHOF always pan GFR, that’s probably not gonna happen. are you out of your minds? The guy is a genius. No slight meant on his solid Imposters replacement Davey Farragher, but Bruce Thomas’ work on all the Elvis Costello & The Attractions albums was the stuff of greatness – fluid, inventive and always in three or four places at once. Tommy Shannon is not to shabby either. They have Roger Waters above Chris Squire, which is wrong in terms of playing the bass, although Waters was the prime mover of a more popular band. Seems this a popularity contest not a true reflection of musical abilities. Lying on the floor of the studio at 3am – too drunk to sit on his stool – to record “What’s Going On”. You got Donald Duck Dunn and Nathan East almost at the bottom. He’s a showman and a great bass player! I have to agree with earlier remarks regarding Jack Casady. Nice people. Victor Wooten is arguably the most technically accomplished of any living bass player on this list. Top 10, at least. The history of groove would be far poorer without ‘Trenchtown Rock’. Two of the most underated and sadly forgotten amazing rock bassists of all time.Dennis Donaway from the original Alice Cooper band and the late Gary Thain from Uriah Heep. Anyone whos not a bassist or know little about the bass and who weilds it, never use this list of bass players as a reference of who’s better than who. No mention of Bob Babbitt whatsoever, no Chuck Rainey, no Anthony Jackson, no Abraham Laboriel, no Freddie Washington, no Andy Rourke, no Mick Karn, I could go on and on…. Kasim Sulton jumped in the deep end by joining Todd Rundgren’s prog-rock band Utopia, during their most complex phase, at age 20. What she can’t do with a Bass Guitar. It sounds much better this way — two big sound holes.). Jack Casady being omitted is pretty glaring…, Mel Schacher As a bassist – yeah. THIS SOUNDBOARD IS **FREE** THANKS TO PHIL & FRIENDS (WWW.PHILLESH.NET) Shameful. Speaking of the punk genre, where is Matt Freeman? Too bad he could do everything but get along with the frontman. These lists should make provision for more than one player on the same ranking. Right up there with Victor Wooten who I was glad to see on the list. ” Tal Wilkenfeld ” she is awesome and can’t wait to seeing her live.. xxx. Walk On The Wild Side? Mark Hans Solar of Slave should be on there too. They can have it. Flea is the most entretaining but his creativity is limited without John Frusciante and he usually play similar riffs. Weather Report? Popular and greatest are not the same thing. Cream? My favorite bass player was left out. But since you had to go & sprinkle other styles in there anda session guylike Sklar (who is too low), then where the heck are Edgar Meyer? Carol Kaye is the Queen. All a commercially rigged poll! Please! Couldn’t agree more, I think John Deacon should be on the list, he wrote & played some of the most well known & recognisable riffs. Surely there are some great bass players listed here. “Going Home”-My favorite Bass Riff of all time. now we’re talking … John Taylor my favorite no 1 bass player … the Rio bass lines are the best i ever came across! Couldn’t agree more! He devised a new tailpiece/bridge with his own piezo pickups as the saddles and came up with a new string, a giant classical guitar string, non-magnetic, with a nylon core and bronze winding. While he largely moved on from playing bass during his solo career, you can always revisit the atmospheric bassline to ‘Walking On The Moon’, which remains a thing of beauty. You will have to wait a long time before the next one comes around. And where is Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes? Is this is list of the MOST FAMOUS bass players or the ACTUALLY BEST bass players? For a good essay on his career see http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/paulbass.htm. JJ Burnel is there at 46, should be higher of course, but where is Peter Hook? Far too many are not listening to the bass players, or do not like the genre that they play, and it is preventing them to make fair comparisons. Steven Santos from Lurid Jester? So why even open that door? Someone from the smooth urban jazz genre that should have mad the list is the late great NBA star Wayman Tisdale. My two favorites are paul and peter, the beatles and chicago. The top (spruce) and back (maple) are carved. I agree Chris Squire should be at least top 5!!! Where are Lee Jackson, Janick Top,Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Greaves, Rocketry Morton? It sat at Alembic on Brady St. til ’73 being used as a test bed for different electronic ideas. Felix Pappalardi inspired me to pick up the bass. Honestly Victor Wooten alongside Marcus Miller and Jaco pastorious and others should be at the top to say the least. I saw him live at the JAZZ FEST in Waterloo, Ontario in 2015. He’s done some much for the bass world. Not a single Frank Zappa bass player on this list. Outstanding! …McCartney 5? Steven Santos of Lurid Jester has a very eclectic mix as well. Descargar esta imagen: Phil Lesh, American , Bass Player, músico y miembro fundador de The Grateful Dead en los Angeles 1992. Long live the Bassist- – often called the “wife ” of the band- when she’s there,nobody bothers- when she’s not ,watch what happens!!!!!!!!! I have been a bass player for about 30 years and over the last 5 or 6 years re examined how I was playing and made some changes. I agree….Paul Macartney better than many of lower ranked ones??? In ’71 the bass player (Spike Daley, now living in Grass valley, CA) in my first all-original band wanted to sound more like Jack Casady (Spike liked Jack, Phil Lesh, John Entwistle, and Rick Danko—good taste), so bought himself a bass just like Jack’s—the Guild Starfire. There are certainly more than 50 bass players out there better than Kim Gordon, Les Claypool is miles better than Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones and John Entwistle. The dude from Iron Maiden can’t hold a candle to bassists like Bruce Thomas from the Attractions. It’s a mono preamp with 4 controls : volume, bass, treble, and pan-o-flex – a control that varies the amount of send to each side of the power amp, and each side of which filters out highs or lows. Who is the best? Bet most of you are unaware of the founding father of bass & his losing battle with alcohol. Big thanks to all the mirror sites! Where’s John Lodge of The Moody Blues? Ever hear of Espranza Spalding!!! How about Will Lee, Willie Weeks, James Dewar, Marvin Isley, Larry Graham, John McVie, Ron Carter, Billy Cox. Lesh was an innovator in the new role that the electric bass developed during the mid-1960s. Bootsy Knows. Definitely Percy Jones ( Brand X ). Where is George Porter Jr (The Meters)??? Paul McCartney made a trademark out of the supple, lyrical bassline more than any rock player before or since, and that’s on ‘Paperback Writer’ alone. special and important to any individual. another great bassist. 5.) To carry those songs with all that Emerson and Palmer had going on around him. Quadrophenia nothing else needs to be said. Felix Pappalardi should be on this list! Andy Fraser, Greg Ridley…but without doubt the biggest omission is Peter Hook from New Order. Bill Wyman was an ordinary bass player in a great band. YOUR LIST isn’t worth crap! Cliff Burton I’m not a musician, just a avid rock consumer of 40+ years. This list is invalid simply because Bill Wyman is on here! Some great bassists here to be sure, but here are five more worthies: Jack Casady – Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna Don’t think so!!!! WTF? He writes most if not all Lyrics, most tunes, Self taught, Creates the claymation videos, Lead Singer and makes the bass the primary instrumental. Every list of greatest musicians is always limited to the few big rock players that these ignorant writers are aware of. Chuck Rainey didn’t even make this list …………. She was the girlfriend of Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, and introduced the two of them — Rick had done an inlay on a bass for Jesse Colin Young, so she thought they’d have something to talk about. I agree!….and what about the talented (singer, songwriter) and showmanship of JoJo Garcia of Los Lonely Boys and for his ever so deep and dynamic, thudding or vibrant, you could almost count the viibrations of the strings of Mel Schachers bass….of GRAND FUNK RR! ……….and how about MOE’s Rob Derhak ……….? Billy Sheehan – No.22? David “Leo” Lyons, Ten Years After He’d tell you the same. Written some of the most iconic base lines. or another Cassidy by mistake? I don’t see the one and only Steve Knobles ! 2.) Absolutely, Russell Kunkel and Sklar were one of the great “engine rooms” of recent years. Edgar Meyer, One guy often overlooked (perhaps because of who he played with and that type of music) is John Taylor from Duran Duran/Powerstation/Nuerotic Outsiders, etc. Missing: Peter Overend Watts by Mott The Hoople, Gene Simmons by Kiss, Trevor Bolder by Spiders from Mars, Raf Benson by Latoscuro, Faso by Elio e le storie Tese, And many others. It is one that suits the Dead’s style of music very well. Lesh spoke about three of the most impactful experiences he had listening to African-American music. Roger Glover if you haven’t heard . Have you ever listened to Peter Cetera work with early Chicago. Phil Lesh way to low. And his one appearance with Jimi Hendrix on ‘Voodoo Child’ answers the question, ‘What if Hendrix had played with a bassist who was better than just alright?’. Rio are the best bass lines I ever came across! Hello out there!!! For the Byrds, the Burritos, Manassas and his own solo and Country career, Chris’ bass chops are incredible. Without Edgar Meyer, this is no list at all. What about Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane , Larry Taylor Of Canned Heat. Don’t get me wrong, I love Geddy and Entwistle, too—but I am sure they would agree that Jaco, Victor or Les could mop the floor with them. There are many books out there about the Dead told from the perspective of roadies, journalists, third party observers, and fans. The neck is a 3-piece running straight through the body, not touching the top or back until the butt of the instrument, where the bridge is sunk into it. Nobody ever did more with one note than Jamerson on ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’. 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