Is JJ really the worlds greatest bass player?

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Is JJ really the worlds greatest bass player?

Yes
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69%
Not quite (answer below)
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31%
 
Total votes: 128

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Post by theraven1979 » 23 Nov 2004, 10:49

What d`ya reckon?

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Post by STRANGLERINCANADA » 23 Nov 2004, 13:11

Ummmmmmmmmm.....................
I think so!!

JJ has his own style that I enjoy, his cheeky grin when playing live, and the Karate kicks. Walk on By live, I was mesmerised the other week watching him play that fast, intricate bit with Baz!!
Next best for me though would be the Flea guy from the Chilli Peppers. he is fooking good!!
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Post by Toiler On The Sea » 23 Nov 2004, 13:42

Just to be controvertial, I voted no.

This could be the most loaded poll yet.
Is he the worlds' best bass player?, I don't know, because I haven't heard them all yet.

Undoubtedly he's a great musician, the best bass player the Stranglers have ever had.
I bet there are bass players JJ thinks are much better than he is.
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Post by philjxn » 23 Nov 2004, 13:47

The only one that I'm aware of him referencing is Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report....I used to play bass...and he and JJ were seen in the same sorta A plus league.

Wonder if he has other bass gurus...you know who is up there..don't laugh - but Geddy Lee of RUSH - you might hate their music but he is one shit-hot bass player technically.

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Post by gazincumbria » 23 Nov 2004, 14:27

He's one of the greatest...

When he can be arsed :) :p

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Post by Ice » 23 Nov 2004, 14:30

I know burger all about bass guitars as I don't play one myself. I've also never heard all the bass guitarists in the world. However, I am biased and he's lovely so I'm saying 'YES'! :)
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Post by evonx » 23 Nov 2004, 19:03

Although he probably isn't, the best one will be some dufus from a jazzrock - combo so I vote for JJ anyway!
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Post by Mathew Stranglers » 23 Nov 2004, 19:20

JJ...bien sur!

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Post by Organ Grinder » 23 Nov 2004, 19:52

All depends how one defines "best" really.

Image wise? Definately the fuckin' best! :D

Technically? No, definately not the best. Good, inventive and distinctive but not "the best".

Have heard far better jazz bass players whom I won't list for looking anally retentive (why do people think this about jazz?) but these guys didn't have the look, the charisma and the star quality that JJ has and given the choice of spending 2 hours listening to them or JJ then JJ would win hands down.

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Post by theraven1979 » 23 Nov 2004, 19:57

Grinder please list these bass players better than JJ so we can check them out

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Post by mabus » 23 Nov 2004, 20:40

There are many many bass players, technically better than JJ. Session musicians, buskers, people who play bass in crappy club bands. There will be loads. Hughs never had a problem with finding people who can easily play his basslines......

...This aside, yes he is the worlds best bass player!! He creates [or did] great simple riffs, Peaches/Sometimes/sleazy I could go on and on. I can think of no other bass player who comes close to having such great domineering basslines in songs.
It i bit like the John Ellis/Hugh better guitarist debate. No doubt JE is far superior technically to Hugh.......but has he ever wrote a guitar solo to match Hanging around/Toiler on the sea/Sewer/Toulouse etc.

So is JJ the world greatest basspayer? No....
.....and yes!

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Post by Organ Grinder » 23 Nov 2004, 21:11

You want me to list jazz bass players that are technically better than JJ Jim?

Could take some time me ole.....

Take a look in any jazz a-z and I'll betcha a fiver without even name checking them that "technically" they're better than JJ. The fact they're predominantly double bass players makes them all the more so.

Mabus mentioned session guys and a session name who blew me away when I played with him was ex-Back Door and Whitesnake bassist Colin Hodgekinson. Remarkably fluid player. His bass solo's were fucking unbelievable and unusually for bassists they were enjoyable too! Top player IMHO but within every musical genre you'll find master craftsmen who excel in their particular field.

JJ excels in punk.
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