I've Got a Name - Bob Babbit - Great Bass!!

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  1. KCKC

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    The other day I was listening to Jim Croce's "I've got a name" and the bass playing on that song was great! Not over/under done, custom tailored for the song! Really grooved! I loved it and never really noticed it before.

    Just "googled" and found out that it was Bob Babbit from the Funk Brothers at Motown. Man, he was smokin'. Anybody else like his style of playing?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Babbitt



    I never knew and now I do!!

    KC
     
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    Great tune!
    BB was indeed great.
    RIP, Jim, Maury and Bob.
     
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    Any man who sits in Jamerson's seat has GOT to be great. I didn't know he was on that album, been decades since I had that one.
     
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    Love it, this is one of those albums that should be listed over on the greatest hits album thread.
     
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    Bob Babbit was fantastic.

    His real name was Robert Kreinar, and he mentioned that he was of Gypsy descent.

    If you get a chance, watch or buy the movie, "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown."

    I've mentioned a few times here, that I'm mainly a bass player trying to get better at guitar, but my heart will always be devoted to bass.

    Another fantastic player, and one of my long time idols was, Max Bennett.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Bennett_(musician)

    Mike ;)
     
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  6. MDent77

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    Bob was an exceptional bass player. He played on so many classic tunes! Added much to them.

    Midnight train to Georgia -Gladys Knight & The Pips


     
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    Bob Babbit , along with Jamerson, are canon in the study of electric bass as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Add Duck Dunn to that list, and you've got a holy trinity, of sorts!
     
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    Since we're talking bassists here, I hope it's OK to post two of my basses.

    The first is my Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray, which I have always loved. It has always played fast and smooth, but about a month ago, I had it set up, which includes a thorough cleaning and the fingerboard oiled.
    It was never dirty, but look at it! I bought this bass in 2001! And as good as it played, it plays even smoother.

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    The next is my Ibanez fretles SRF 700.
    The magnetic pups sound very good, they're Bartolini MK 1. But, it also has piezos which sound very close to an upright. This bass has not been set up yet, but I don't feel it needs it yet.
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    Enjoy.
    Mike
     
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    You can't leave Carol Kaye off the list.
     
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    Or Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Marcus Miller, Chuck Rainey, Lee Sklar and Nathan East.
     
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    Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin... lists are hard.
     
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    Rather than just listing bass players, maybe a little history

    There was a generation of bass players, starting with jamerson, who explored the possibilities of the electric bass. Jamerson was the real innovator and a brilliant player. he started on upright and regarded upright as his preferred instrument. Jamerson really rethought what the bass did. Babbit and Tommy Cogbill in Memphis stand out a lot in the late 60s early seventies as guys who came after jamerson and extended or continued what he did. Yes Babbit was a great bass player

    Memphis and Motown had the formula of simple drums/complex bass, where New Orleans tended towards complex drums and simple bass
     
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    What I liked about the playing of Babbitt's on the song was that it was not all straight ahead complicated, it was great simple pocket playing and then flashes of these beautiful runs.

    I think what I really enjoyed was how he would go from being in the pocket in a fairly simple manner really holding the groove and then jump out for a run up to the next chord

    It all just seemed so tasteful and so appropriate. The only word I can describe the way it makes me feel is it really moves. I know this all probably sounds really silly but I started out playing bass still play bass and it's really what I hear first in a song is the bottom end. And his playing really moved me.

    KC
     
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    Very good description, KCKC, and not silly at all.

    I started out on guitar, but was almost immediately drawn towards bass, I guess because of its driving nature. That, and I just always loved the sound of an upright bass and/or an electric bass.

    I mentioned Max Bennett before. Here is my all-time favorite bass line of his in the middle of this Joni Mitchell song, Harry's House/Centerpiece.

    Listen to how simple the line sounds, but how clever it is. When I was a kid, it took me a few weeks to figure this line out by ear, but I've never forgotten it, and I've used it to build other lines of my own.

    If you want to go right to the jazz part, go to 3:15 on the clock.

    Enjoy.

    Mike
     
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    Fendrguitplayr mentioned, Ron Carter, another of my favorite bass players, and probably my favorite upright player.

    I try to imitate his phrasing when I play fretless.

    What's his phrasing like?

    Listen to this song, by Jane Monheit, with Ron on bass.

    So good.

    Mike ;)
     
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