This article originally appeared on Soundfly.
When we talk about the greatest bassists of all time, the candidates usually fall into one of two categories. On the one hand, you have the Stadium Superstars: Flea, John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris. People who are indisputably awesome players, but definitely buoyed into the stratosphere by the fame of their world-conquering bands.
Then you have the Bassist’s Bassists: cats like Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, John Myung, Billy Sheehan. These masters of the instrument are far less well-known outside of the instrument’s niche audience. More for the hardcores than the casuals.
But there’s a third group: the Quiet Achievers. These bassists have never seen stadium fortune and don’t usually inspire Young Turks to hit the woodshed and practice their double-thumbing. What they have done is write memorable, rewarding music in which the bass plays a role that is both striking and supportive… like any truly great bassist should.