Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Charles Mingus is jazz greatest bass player

The bassist is arguably the most significant member of the band in any genre of music, and more so in reggae and jazz. Jamaica as produced many standout bass players than with any other instrumentalist, bassists the caliber of Ritchie Daley (Third World), Robbie Shakespeare (Sly & Robbie), Rohan Reid, Frankie Campbell (Fab Five), Lloyd Parkes, Glen Browne, an elite bassist in reggae and jazz., to name a few.

How do they measure against the 100 greatest jazz bassists below, noting that Glen Browne often jet around the world to play for Monty Alexander., a web org that compiles the all time best musicians list, presents upright bass player Charles Mingus as the greatest jazz bassist of all times.

Charles Mingus , American jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, social activist, nicknamed "The Angry Man of Jazz.”, is highly ranked among the composers and performers of jazz, and he recorded many highly regarded albums. Dozens of musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. His tunes—though melodic and distinctive—are not often re-recorded, partly because of their unconventional nature.

He plays piano on a 1963 album, Mingus Plays Piano

The Greatest bassists of jazz are;

1 Charles Mingus, 2. Stanley Clarke 3. Paul Chambers, 4. Jaco Pastorius, 5. Ron Carter, 6. Dave Holland, 7. Ray Brown, 8. Charlie Haden, 9. John Patitucci, 10. Scott LaFaro, 11. Milt "The Judge" Hinton, 12. Paul Jackson, 13. Eddie Gomez, 14. Marcus Miller, 15. Steve Swallow, 16. Tony Levin 17. Gary Willis, 18. Victor Wooten, 19. Brian Bromberg, 20. Miroslav Vitous,

Selected noteables in the Top 100;

38. Richard Bona, 43. Christian McBride, 54. Larry Graham, 58. Verdine White, 96. John Clayton.

1 comment:

jazzofonik said...

See now, they went and did it again. I enjoy Stanley Clarke (caught him in Barbados at the start of '07) but, Jeeez-Loueez the #2 greatest of all time?!! How are these guys defining greatness, really? Are we to accept that Stnaley Clarke had a greater influence and impact than Paul Chambers or ray Brown, or for that matter, Jaco Pastorius?
As a debate-starter, this might be great, but as a critical list of appreciation, it sucks.