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Pastorius is technically unbeatable but you only need to look at Ron Carter's discography to know that no one comes close.  I'm surprised he's only 84, given his gargantuan back catalogue.

 

James Jamerson is probably next best, for similar reasons. 

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51 minutes ago, Gonzo79 said:

Pastorius is technically unbeatable but you only need to look at Ron Carter's discography to know that no one comes close.  I'm surprised he's only 84, given his gargantuan back catalogue.

 

James Jamerson is probably next best, for similar reasons. 

A couple of decades past, I read a book on the Motown Funk Brothers ie the label's house band.

 

Apparently, Jamerson was a barely functioning alcoholic. Everything had to do recorded mid-morning, Jamerson was able to adhere to the necessary discipline for a couple of hours. Further, his technique was one fingered. I grew up listening to lots of Motown, how Jamerson's technique applied to songs such as Grapevine to Aint no Mountain, syncopating with the drummer and pushing the melody; he heard it differently.

 

Since we are talking Bassists, Andy Fraser of Free; a 15/16 year old, he could walk a line. Played the length of the fret.

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13 minutes ago, 26th of foot said:

Jamerson was a barely functioning alcoholic.

The most interesting thing I read about him is that he had a few Chinese friends and got some inspiration from traditional Chinese music, particularly the scales and half/quarter notes used.  

 

His playing on Marvin Gaye's What's Going On was a huge influence on me (I was a bassist before I took up the guitar).  His technique was unbelievable but he never got in the way of a song.

 

13 minutes ago, 26th of foot said:

Andy Fraser of Free

Fantastic bassist.  Amazingly disciplined for such a young guy (his bandmates all shared that discipline).  

 

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