Speaking in a recent interview with uDiscover Music, Rush’s legendary bassist and singer Geddy Lee has revealed his thoughts on who the greatest bass guitar player of all time.
Here’s the statement:
“Judging bass players is really about the context of that bass player. If I had to pick the best jazz/fusion bassist of all time, of course, it would be Jaco Pastorius.
If I was to pick the greatest progressive rock bassist of all time, it would have to be Chris Squire without question.
For a pure rock bassist, I think between John Paul Jones and Jack Bruce. You’d have to have a playoff, and Jack’s no longer with us sadly, so I guess the crown goes to John Paul Jones.
I think it’s all about context, it’s very hard to pick one guy and say, ‘He does that the best.’ If we look at Flea’s playing for his style of music, I mean, it’s fantastic, he’s an amazing player, I have great respect for his bass playing. But how can you compare that to what Chris Squire did? It’s a whole different genre.”
He also talked about how he was found his own bass guitar tone, and said:
“So I learned so much about tone and how tone developed and how the bass player got more and more control over his tone through those years. And also, it was a lesson in mass production and the whole US mantra of the ’50s, of creating mass production.
That was a surprise to me, how much it encompassed in a very specific way, the history of American manufacturing in the middle of the century, really.
Look at Leo Fender and look at what was happening in the Fender factory. It was really a prime example of American ingenuity and cutting-edge technology to make a product on a mass-produced level, so I can’t even begin to tell you how much I learned.”
You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source.