Posted by Asbestos Man on January 24, 2001 at 04:12:50:
In Reply to: bands and artists? posted by Calhoun on December 20, 2000 at 11:38:06:
A lot of great bands and bassists have been meantioned, and there's not a single one I disagree with.
I was shocked to see, though, that no one mentioned Vic Wooten or Les Claypool.
Vic is, in the opinion of a very large amount of people, the best bass player alive (gotta count out Jaco). He is simply amazing. Some of his stuff is kinda sappy, too much for my taste, but he has some EXCELLENT funky stuff, like Me and My Bass Guitar. He really deserves a look.
And of course Les Claypool, from Primus. It isn't healthy to worship him as I once did, because Primus' music is awesome but very self indulgent. The basslines often overshadow the very excellent talents of guitarist Larry LaLonde and both drummers Tim Alexander and Brian Mantana (sp?). Despite, for most purposes, the bass should fit nicely into the music, Les is still awesome. He takes over the band with BIG, fat, chunky slapping, plus lots of cool tapping, harmonics, etc. Like I said, totally self indulgent, but great.
I would also, having just picked out two bass stars, back up the one person who said Incubus. The bass player, who's name I cannot remember but is credited as Dirk Lance in all the albums, did some really cool, funky slapping and stuff in the first two albums (Fungus Amongus and Enjoy Incubus), and great rock and jazzy riffs in the third (SCIENCE), but it was in Make Yourself that he was really awesome. Unlike Vic and Les, in this album you won't even always hear the bass part, just know it's there, simply and quietly complementing the music so perfectly it makes me want to denouce Les for ever.
An aside from this, Incubus are a really, REALLY excellent band, from any real musician's point of view.
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