Posted by splatbass on January 27, 2002 at 20:18:41:
In Reply to: Re: jaco ???/ posted by Dave Rawlings on January 26, 2002 at 23:30:57:
: My two cents worth>>>
: Jaco, a bass god? To some, yes. To others, yes but with reservations. I've been playing since '69 but never heard of him as the master he was until only a few years ago. Like you, I tended to follow the likes of other players like Jack Bruce, Tim Bogart, Lee Dorman, Ron Carter, Felix Papilardi, etc. In my opinion, I think what Jaco did was to bring the bass to the forefront of any band as more than just an instrument that kept time and laid down the groove. He made it a solo instrument with a feel of its own. He did things that others had either never heard of or thought could be done with a bass. He was also a master composer. And he proved that as well in the many compositions he recorded with Weather Report and others. I think he was a an excellent player both technically and musically. But since I can't come close to playing his style, I tend to look on him as inspiration more than someone to emulate.
I agree with Dave. My favorites when I was starting out were Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler( a very underrated player in my opinion), and later Geddy Lee. On fretless, Tony Franklin was my biggest influence. I didn't hear Jaco until much later, after his death, but as far as I'm concerned he was the greatest bass player to ever live. I can play pretty much anything by the others I mentioned, but I can only play some of Jaco's stuff. He was amazing. He revolutionized jazz bass playing, many since then have copied his style. And he popularized fretless bass. He could play fretless at amazing speeds, yet his intonation was always flawless, even when playing live. While his style hasn't influenced my playing, because it wouldn't fit any music I've played, I still think he was the best ever.
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