Typically overlooked to the guitarists or other melody leader of groups/bands. To me they are the propellant to the bomb of sound.
- Jim Glennie (James)
- Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Neil & Tim Finn, Marc Ribot) – Sebastian, in an old interview, once said, “I try and emulate the [NYC] subway.” And if you know his playing style, his description is spot on.
- Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)
- Carole Kaye (Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Simon & Garfunkel) – It might be better to delineate what Carol didn’t play on in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It certainly would be easier.
- Dave Holland (Miles Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Thelonious Monk) – His work on In A Silent Way brings me to tears every time.
- Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, Lydia Lunch)
- Peter Hook (New Order)
- Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) – If you don’t start shaking your booty to one of her bass-lines there is something intrinsically wrong with you.
- Charles Mingus (Charles Mingus) – Gospel jazz. Yeh-yeh.
- Me’shell NdegÃ©ocello (John Cougar, Rolling Stones, Indigo Girls)
And I couldn’t have this list without mentioning the powers of Kira Roessler or Mike Watt. They are exceptional. And I know their power, but I just don’t know enough of their material to include them on my Top 10 list.