Top Bass Players – Graham Massey’s (808 State) view
Jannik Top – Magma – check out ‘KMX-B XII Opus 7’,and ‘De Futura’ – All the Magma bass players are upfront and meaty
Francois Rabbath – Solo artist – French double bass player takes classical chops and goes exploring just how much you can get out of the instrument – album ”ÂMulti Bass”Â. More info HERE
Michael Henderson – Miles Davis stole him from Stevie Wonders band, he features on a lot of the Miles ÃÂ»Pre retirement elactric years 70 to 75. Keeps it pinned down with big fat memorable riffs. Juggernaut.
Jaco Pastorious – Weather Report /solo artist – Its too early to forget Jaco, unmistakable voice on the bass. Check him on Joni MitchellÃÂ¼s “Hejira”Â album , his “Word of Mouth”Â album and the over looked ‘Mr Gone’ album by Weather Report, also ‘Bright Size Life’ with Pat Metheny is a gem
Miroslav Vitous – Another Weather Report bassist, used double bass, often amplified, often with the bow, big bloke gets physical with a massive bit of wood.
Colin Seddon – Biting Tongues – Bold and weird, aggressive and humorous, unique.
Cachao – Cuban band leader and bassist – Center of the Earth bass playing everything revolves, pulsating force.
Chris Squire –Yes – Mercurial Rickenbacker mayhem, the iron girders in the structure, Twang Dancer. melodic.
Paddy Steer – Homelife/Yargo/Toolshed, Paddy knows how to use colour ,when to step
up front and when to groove, bubbly pocket playing ,feel good bass playing.
Jamaladeen Tacuma – from Ornette ColemanÃÂ¼s Prime time/solo artist. An energy flash of a bass player, fast and stylish, mad lines.Rickenbacker and Steinberger so crisp for a jazzer – some fusion crimes be careful which door you come in.
Eberhard Weber – ECM band leader and bassist -Dutch, Upright solid body electric bassist did many albums for the ECM label as a band leader, all kinds of textures (using bow a lot)
and memorable riffs. albums ‘Yellow Fields , Colours’
To hear some of Graham’s choices click HERE