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My Top Ten (In No Particular Order)
Alphonso Johnson. Best known for his stint with Weather Report (Mysterious Traveller, Tale Spinnin', Black Market). Has also recorded with Flora Purim (Open Your Eyes You Can Fly) and made albums as a leader.
Dave Holland. English jazz double bassist who worked with Miles Davis (In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew). Later formed Gateway with John Abercrombie and Jack de Johnette. Has also performed and recorded as a leader.
Doug Rauch. Innovative player best known for his work with Santana (Caravanserai, Welcome, Love Devotion Surrender, Lotus). Also made albums with Lenny White (Venusian Summer) and Billy Cobham (Life and Times) using a fast double thumbing technique. Died of a drug overdose in 1979 aged 28.
Doug Wimbish. One of the original Sugar Hill Crew musicians, Doug has also performed and/or recorded with Tackhead, Gary Clail, The Strange Parcels, James Brown, Mick Jagger, Little Axe and Living Color.
Eberhard Weber. A German bass player and composer who uses a modified body-less double bass (electrobass) to get his distinctive sound. He has recorded extensively on ECM both as a leader and a sideman.
Jaco Pastorius. Came to prominence with a distinctive fretless sound in the mid 1970s. Best known for his work with Weather Report, he also recorded with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell and as a leader. Died in 1987 aged 35.
James Jamerson. A hugely influential bassist who played with the Funk Brothers on most of the Tamla-Motown hits of the 1960s and early 1970s. A genius largely unrecognised while he was alive, James Jamerson died in 1983.
John Paul Jones. Best known for his work with Led Zeppelin.
Paul Jackson. Best known for his work with Herbie Hancock (Headhunters, Thrust, Manchild, Secrets), Paul is not a slap and pop player, but is nevertheless a master of the funky groove.
Stanley Clarke. A virtuoso on both double bass and bass guitar, Stanley first came to prominence in Return to Forever. He has also recorded extensively as a sideman and as a leader.

James Jamerson Paul Jackson Doug Rauch Doug Wimbish

James Jamerson

Paul Jackson

Doug Rauch

Doug Wimbish

Other great bass players worth checking out include Alan Gorrie (Average White Band), Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies), Aston "Family Man" Barrett (Bob Marley and the Wailers), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Bernard Edwards (Chic), Bill Laswell (Material), Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic), Chuck Rainey (session musician, Steely Dan), David Hood (session musician - Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), Ernie McKone (Galliano), Etienne M'Bappe (Manu Dibango, Salif Keita), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Francis Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Habib Faye (Yossou N'Dour), Jack Bruce (Cream), Jah Wobble (Public Image, recordings as a leader) Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), Julian Crampton (Incognito), Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone, Graham Central Station), Les Claypool (Primus), Marcus Miller (session musician, Miles Davis), Michel Alibo (Manu Dibango, Salif Keita), Mick Karn (Japan), Paul McCartney, Percy Jones (Brand X), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Pino Palladino (session musician), Ralphe Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jean Luc Ponty), Randy Hope-Taylor (Incognito, Jeff Beck), Robbie Shakespeare (Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie), Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), Tiran Porter (The Doobie Brothers), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Walter Becker (Steely Dan) and Willy N'For (Ghetto Blaster, Mory Kante).

The following great players are or were primarily jazz double bass players: Buster Williams (Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Henderson), Charlie Haden (Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett), Eddie Gomez (Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Ralph Towner), Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane), Marc Johnson (Bill Evans, Bass Desires), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen {NHOP} (Oscar Peterson, recordings as a leader), Palle Danielsson (Keith Jarrett, Enrico Rava), Paul Chambers (Miles Davis, John Coltrane) and Ron Carter (Miles Davis, recordings as a leader).


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