by Tom Semioli

KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER©: My colleague Mark Preston and I are currently working on a bass player documentary which we are filming in New York City and London with Derek Hanlon. Among the exemplary players we’ve spoken with so far include Mo Foster, Graham Maby, Jim Rodford, Cait O'Riordon, Paul Nowinski, Ron McClure, John Ford, John Cardone, Theo Regan, Hannah Moorhead, Ian Lloyd, Tony Senatore, Steve Bingham, Mike Duclos, Sal Maida, Paul Page, Brian Stanley, Joe Vasta, Michael Visceglia, Gary Van Sycoc, Ernie Brooks, and Charles DeChants, among others. We are planning several interviews in 2017– stay tuned, and thanks for reading!   

(Click on a Bass Player Archive name below to access a brief missive on the respective player - video clips / interviews coming soon!) 


About Know Your Bass Player©

Rock? Blues? Americana? Folk? Jazz? We are the ones who serve the singer, the song, and the soloist. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, horns and other wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums it is us who determine how a chord actually sounds which, in essence often determines whether or not youll like the artist, or the track. We are the only individuals on the bandstand and in the recording studio with that critical responsibility.

Our function is to make everyone around us sound better than they are. We keep the singers in tune, the pickers on course, and the arrangers, producers, sound technicians, and engineers from jumping off the ledge! In return, we garner the least amount of attention and acknowledgment from the masses and sometimes our band mates. We are expected to do our job perfectly one mistake or miscue can be fatal. On stage, a diligent bass player can rescue a failing band member yet a failing bass player can be saved by no one.

To be a bass player is to exude skill, confidence, humility, patience, tolerance, and knowledge: very few are chosen, and fewer still are called! So, who are these important players, and why should you know who they are?

Coda: And for those who confuse dexterity with virtuosity - read on! There is no hierarchy on Know Your Bass Player - which is a work in progress. If you have a suggestion for a player or a "seminal side" we have not included, please let us know, we welcome your feedback and input!

Know Your Bass Player© Archive

(Click on the name of a bass player to access a brief missive, photos, and video.) 

11 Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Huffington Post)

11 More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (No Depression)

Adam Clayton 

Andrew Bodnar

Berry Oakley

Bob Glaub

Chris Edwards

Bill MacCormick

Billy Peterson

Bruce Thomas


Cait O'Riordan

Charlie McCracken

Chuck Alder

Catherine Popper

Chris Squire

Colin Moulding

Dale Peters

David Pegg

Dennis Dunaway

Doug Stegmeyer

Duff McKagan

Dusty Hill

Electric Miles: Darryl Jones

Electric Miles: Marcus Miller

Electric Miles: Michael Henderson

Electric Miles: Dave Holland, Harvey Brooks

Eric Stacy



Gail Ann Dorsey

Gary Van Sycoc

Gerald Johnson 

Greg Lake

Harvey Brooks

Jared Followill

Jamie Stewart

Jack Bruce

Jack Daley

Jack Hall

Jerry Jemmott

Jerry Duplessis

J.J. Burnel 

James Dewar

John Ciambotti

John Deacon

John Glascock

Joe Bouchard

Joe Puerta

Jeff Ament

Johnette Napolitano

John B. Sparks 

Kasim Sulton 

Kenny Gradney

Kelly Nickels

Larry Graham Jr. 

Larry Sims 

Lonnie Marshal

Marcus Miller

Mars Cowling

Mel Schacher

Mike Mills

Mike Lutz

Nathan East

Neil Jason

Neil Murray

Nick Seymour

Nikki Sixx

Nathan Watts

Overend Watts

Overend Watts / In Memory

Paul Jackson

Paul Nowinski

Patrick Dahlheimer

Phil Chen 

Phil "Fang" Volk

Prakash John

Ray Schulman

Reggie McBride

Rick Laird

Roger Glover

Ron Wood

Roscoe Beck

Stefan Lessard


Steve Severin 

Steve Fossen

Suzi Quatro 

Tim Drummond

Tom Petersson

Tommy Stinson

Tony Visconti 

Tony Wilson

Will Lee


David Sanborn / Voyer

Ian Dury / Best Of

Ian Dury / Rhythm Stick

John Lennon / Mind Games

Jefferson Airplane / Takes Off

Led Zeppelin / II

Joni Mitchell / Mingus

The Firm

Deep Purple / Burn

Free / Heartbreaker

Rolling Stones / Some Girls

Brian Setzer / The Knife Feels Like Justice

Joss Stone / The Soul Sessions

D'Angelo / Voodoo

J. Geils Band / Monkey Island

Rod Stewart / Footloose ... Blondes...

Whitesnake / Ready an' Willing

Maggie Bell / Live at the Rainbow

George Harrison / Living in the Material World

Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys

Jimi Hendrix / Machine Gun

Julia Brown / Jubilant Newborn Alien Haze

Boz Scaggs / Silk Degrees

John Trudell / AKA Grafitti Man

L.A. Guns / Vicious Circle

Mott / Drive On

Mott the Hoople / Live 2013

Mott the Hoople / Wildlife

British Lions

Power Station 

Duran Duran / Rio

Three Dog Night / Suitable for Framing

Mark Colby / One Good Turn

Jeff Beck Group / Rough and Ready

Leon Russell 

Phoebe Snow / It Looks Like Snow

Yes / Going For the One

U2 / Unforgettable Fire

Weather Report / Mysterious Traveller

Doors / LA Woman

Electric Flag / A Long Time Comin'

Dexys Midnight Runners / Soul Searchers

The Beach Boys In Concert







Alan Berger 

Alan Henderson

Andy Fraser

Allen Woody

Andy Rourke

Aston Barrett

Ben Orr

Barry Adamson

Bill Church

Bill Wyman

Billy Rich

Bill Laswell

Bootsy Collins

Bob Cranshaw

Bob Daisley

Bob Mosley

Bobby Pickett

Brad Campbell

Charlie Daniels

Carl Radle

Chas Chandler

Charles Calmese

Charles Tumahai

Christian McBride

Christian Cassan

Chris White

Chuck Rainey

Conrad Lozano 

Danny Thompson

Danny Trifan

Dougie Thomson 

Damon Minchella

Dave Margen

Deon Estus

Derek Forbes

Darryl Jones

Donnie Nossov 

Doug Yule

Earl E. Elliott

Ernie Brooks

Francis Rocco Prestia

Gary Ryan

Garry Gary Beers

Gary Gilmore

George Hawkins Jr.

George Murray

George "Chocolate" Perry

George Ford

George Porter Jr.

Gerry McAvoy

Glenn Cornick 

Graham Gouldman

Ian Hill

Ida Kristine Nielsen

Jonas Hellborg

Jah Wobble

Jean Beauvoir

Jason Newsted

John Cardone

John DeSalvo

John McCoy

John Myung

John Stax

Greg Ridley

Herb Bushler

Herbie Flowers 

Jack Casady 

Jeff Berlin

Jerry Scheff

Joe B. Mauldin 

John Doe

John Ford

John Entwistle

John Taylor

Les Claypool

Ken Forssi

Kent Waldman

Kevin McCormick 


Lonnie Turner

Lonnie Mack

Leslie Langston


Mario Cipollina

Mark Andes

Martyn LeNoble

Martin Turner

Martin Kemp

Martin Blunt

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Mike Dirnt

Mike Porcaro

Mike Rutherford

Mike Watt

Maurice Gibb

Nathaniel Phillips

Nick Lowe

Nik West


Paul Denman

Pete Briquette

Paul McCartney

Paul Gardiner

Paul Ryder

Paul Simonon

Phil Lesh


Rinus Gerritsen

Richard Hell

Rick Anderson

Rick Price

Rick Wills

Roger Waters

Ronnie Baker

Ronnie Lane

Rob Wasserman

Rhonda Smith

Sean Yseult

Scott LaFaro

Steve Bingham

Spike Heatley

Stanley Clarke

Steely Dan

T. Bone Wolk

Timothy B. Schmit

Tina Weymouth

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Tony Brown

Tony Butler

Tony Franklin

Tony Garnier

Trevor Bolder 

Tim Lefebvre

Victor Bailey

Victor Wooten


Bob Dylan / Hard Rain

Bob Dylan / Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan / Planet Waves

Bob Dylan / Blood On The Tracks

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Elton John / 11.17.70

Elton John / Rock of the Westies

Elton John / Tumbleweed Connection

Grand Funk Railroad / Closer to Home

Grand Funk Railroad / E Pluribus Funk

Elvis Costello / IbMePdErRoLoAmL

Elvis Costello / Blood and Chocolate

Elvis Costello / This Year's Model

Humble Pie / Rock On

Roberta Flack / First Take

Chris Squire / Fish Out of Water

Beck, Bogert & Appice

David Gilmour

Stevie Wonder / Hotter Than July

Beatles / Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Guns 'n' Roses / Use Your Illusion

Eric Clapton/ August

Allman Brothers / Melissa b/w Blue Sky

The Illusion / Together As a Way of Life




Alan Spenner 

Alan Lancaster

Anthony Jackson

Athol Guy

Bill Black

Bakithi Kumalo 

Billy Cox

Boz Burrell

Brian Stanley

Brian Wilson

Bruce Hall

Bunny Brunel

Bugsy Maugh

Busta Jones

Blondie Chaplin

Carmine Rojas

Charlie Haden

Charlie Colin

Charles Larkey

Cliff Burton

Clint Conly

Dan Hartman

Danny Klein 

Danny McCulloch

David Freiberg

Dave Allen

Dave Holland

David Hayes

David Hungate

David Goldflies

David Martin

David Paton

Dee Murray

Doug Lubahn

Duck Dunn

David Hood

Ed Carter

Ed Gagliardi

Ed Grundy

Esperanza Spalding

Eric Avery

Felix Pappalardi

Fred Smith

Frank Fayed

Fred Thomas

Fudgie Kae

Garry Tallent

Geddy Lee

Glenn Hughes

Geoff Appleby

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Franco Aboddy

Harvey Sharpe

Hugh Hopper

Hannah Moorhead

Janice Marie-Johnson

James Alexander 

Jaco Pastorius

Jack Blades

Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond

Jimmy Bain

Jim Kale

Joe Vasta

Jim Fielder

Joe Schermie 

Johnny Colt

John Giblin

Jason Mercer

Kenny Aaronson

Kenny Edwards

Klaus Voorman

Larry Kotke

Lee Dorman

Lee Sklar

Les Nemes

Leroy Hodges

Louis Johnson 

Mark Bedford

Mark Sandman

Matt Bissonette

Max Bennett

Michael Davis

Mikey Craig

Mike Inez

Mike Vale

Milt Hinton

Malachi Favors

Nigel Harrison 

Nick St. Nicholas

Marshall Jones

Melvin Dunlap

Paul Chambers

Paul Goddard

Marvin Isley

Pete Williams

Pat Daugherty

Pete Sears


Phil Lynott

Pierre Brock 

Pieter Swevel

Pete Agnew

Randy Jo Hobbs

Ralphe Armstrong

Rick Danko

Richard Cousins

Richard Davis

Richard Searle

Rob Rawlinson 

Robert DeLeo

Robert Trujillo

Ross Valory

Ron Carter

Sal Maida

Sara Lee

Scott Edwards

Scott Shields

Steve Garvey 


Roy Vogt

Steve Currie

Steve Swallow

TM Stevens

Tal Winkenfeld

Tiran Porter

Tom Barney

Rudy Sarzo

Tom Robinson 

Stanley Sheldon

Tim Bogert

Tony Levin

Tony Senatore

Verdine White 

Willie Weeks

Wornell Jones

Wilton Felder


Donny Hathaway / Live

Herbie Hancock / Secrets

Pat Travers / Live! Go For What You Know

The Kinks / Low Budget

Joe Cocker / Stingray


Leonard Cohen / Tour 1979

David Essex / Rock On

3rdeyegirl / Plectrumelectrum

The Clash / Sandinista

Joe Strummer / Earthquake Weather

John McLaughlin / Electric Guitarist

Garland Jeffreys / Ghost Writer

Rick Laird / Soft Focus

Tom Scott / Live at the Bottom Line

Queen / You're My Best Friend

Grateful Dead / Shakedown Street

David Liebman / Light N' Up Please

Deodato / Prelude

John Mayer Trio / Try!

Randall Bramblett / Devil Music

Jeff Beck / Blow by Blow

Lenny Kravitz / Strut

Ron Wood / I've Got My Own Album

Robert Fripp / Exposure












Alphonso Johnson

Art Nardini

Andy Kulberg

Andrew Levy

Benny Reitveld

Billy Gould

Bernard Edwards

Bernie Calvert

Billy Sheehan

Bruce Foxton

Buzz Verno

Carol Kaye

Chris Chaney

Cecil McBee

Chris Ethridge

Chucho Merchan

Clive Chaman

David Brown

Dee Dee Ramone

Doug Rauch

Dug Pinnick

Ellard James Boles

Fernando Saunders

Fuzzy Samuels

Gary Thain

Gary King

Geezer Butler

Glen Campbell

Gordon Edwards

Graham Maby

Guy Pratt

Hutch Hutchinson 

James Jamerson

James Lea

Joe Osborn

Jim Rodford 

Jimmy Ashhurst

Joseph Lucky Scott

John Dalton 

Jerome Arnold

John Gustafson

John McVie 

John Siegler

John Paul Jones

Larry Taylor

John Wetton

Michael Visceglia

Matt Bissonette

Matt Malley

Kenny Passarelli 

Michael Rhodes

Lamar Williams

Leo Lyons

Monk Montgomery


Mickey Feat

Mark King 

Oteil Burbridge

Pablo Tellez

Me’Shell Ndegeocello

Mike Mesaros 

Mo Foster

Norman Watt-Roy 

Paul Samwell-Smith

Peter Quaife  

Pat Vegas

Paul Page

Pino Palladino

Randy Meisner 

Randy Jackson

Rick Grech

Rob Stoner 

Robbie Shakespeare

Roger Capps

Ron McClure

Ron Meagher

Sheryl Crow

Steve Harris


Stephen Stills

Stephen Dees

Theo Regan

Tetsu Yamauchi

Tom Hamilton 

Tim Commerford

Tommy Shannon 

Tony Sales

Tony Kanal

Tony Shanahan

Walter Becker

Wilbur Bascomb 


Bowie / Nassau Coliseum '76

Bowie / Young Americans

Bowie / Lady Grinning Soul

Bowie / David Live

Lou Reed/ Rock and Roll Animal 

Lou Reed / The Blue Mask

Grand Funk / All The Girls Beware

Bruce Springsteen / The Ties That Bind

Blood Sweat & Tears / New City

Aretha Franklin - King Curtis / Live

Alphonse Mouzon / Mind Transplant

Southside Johnny / Havin' A Party

Tommy Bolin / Teaser, Private Eyes

Elton John / Wonderful Crazy Night

Brecker Brothers / Heavy Metal Be-Bop

Iggy Pop / Lust for Life

Iggy Pop / Post Pop Depression

Frank Zappa / Hot Rats

Ian Hunter / All American Alien Boy

Ian Hunter / Overnight Angels

G.E. Smith / In The World

Colin Blunstone / Ennismore

Suzanne Vega / Solitude Standing

Elton John / Hammersmith '73

Ron Wood / Gimmie Some Neck

Uriah Heep / Sweet Freedom

Sparks / Big Beat

Graham Parker & The Rumour / Squeezing Out Sparks

Marianne Faithfull / A Child's Adventure

Alice Cooper / Elected

Kathi McDonald / Insane Asylum

Hall & Oates / X-Static

Buckingham Nicks

Janis Ian / Present Company

Ani DiFranco / To The Teeth

Donovan / Barabajagal

The Who / It's Hard

The Who / Quadrophenia

Gil Scott-Heron / Pieces of a Man

Jesse Ed Davis / Keep Me Comin'

Faces / Coast to Coast

Al Jarreau / Breakin' Away

Public Image Ltd./ Album

Larry Coryell / Electric

Fleetwood Mac / Mystery to Me

Derek and the Dominos

Jethro Tull / Stand Up

Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band