In no particular order are bassists whom I admire and why.
1. Abraham Laboriel – Sheer joy, sheer presence, sheer groove, sheer simplicity. Heaven is a gracious smile, with the waggle of those hips and the chunky fingers doing their thing
2. Billy Sheehan – Bloody fast, lots of hair, bloody fast, part of mr. Big, did I say he was fast?
3. Geddy Lee – Bassist, keyboardist and singer all at once. Such modesty! And he plays with one finger!
4. John Paul Jones – The real genius of Zeppelin. Bassist and keyboardist. Hmmm. Could be a theme here.
5. Flea – A mad jumping groovy man who uses his instrument to cover the essentials
6. Jaco Pastorius – Well, every bassist has got to pay some homage to him. Bit like giving respect to Moses. The tablet guy.
7. Duff Mckagan – GnR was an important part of growing (not necessarily up) and he was one of the first bassists I really listened to.
8. Chris Squire – Well yes.
9. John Patitucci – I’m not so into him now but was a real fan at one point when I pretended I was into jazz. (Well I kind of still am. Into jazz I mean, not Paticucci)
10. Sting – Especially with Vinnie Colauita. They brought out the best in each other.
Well that dates me doesn’t it?