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Tal Wilkenfeld! She has great feel and groove, but the only thing I
know about the cutest little bass player on the planet is that she started out as
a guitar player, but was told she had too much groove not
to be a bass player. I want more! —Dean
Jamareo Artis from Bruno Mars’ band, Pino Palladino, or
Michael League from Snarky Puppy. —Kody
Dennis Dunaway. The original Alice Cooper albums would not be nearly
as good without his contributions, not to mention his songwriting
contributions. —Jim Filicky
Ville Sorvali of Moonsorrow and Marco Hietala of Nightwish.
How about a salute to the bebop bassists of the ’50s and
’60s such as Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Doug Watkins, Ray Brown,
George Duvivier, Sam Jones, and Scott LaFaro. We owe them so much;
most—if not all—of the licks used today in rock, jazz, and
blues can be traced to these cats. —John
Floyd Pepper, the bass player for the Electric Mayhem band from
The Muppet Show. —Kel
Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers, Dennis Crouch, or both in an article on
the new breed of roots-music upright players. —Drew
Larry Klein. Seriously. He’s an unsung hero to the max.
Slick Joe Fick, June Carter’s bassist in Walk the
Matthew Garrison talking about his new album and the work
he’s doing with Shapeshifter Lab.
Pete Trewavas. With upcoming Edison’s Children and
Transatlantic projects—not to mention
Marillion—he’s certainly got something to
say. —Dan Lohrfink
Oh, all right then. I’ll do it, but I need crisps for the
photo shoot, ’kay? —Toby