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Geddy Lee picks his 5 favorite bass players in new MusicRadar.com interview

Tue, Jun 26, 2012@10:01AM | comments

MusicRadar.com has posted a new slideshow/interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy picks his 5 favorite bass players, commenting on each one. Geddy's five picks in no particular order along with his comments are:

1. Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
"Back in the early days, Jack Casady. I thought he was probably one of the most inventive players I'd ever heard and was really the reason I fell in love with Jefferson Airplane."

2. Jack Bruce (Cream)
"Jack Bruce of course was my hero when I first started playing. Just him coming out with that bluesy, jazzy style on bass and he brought a kind of aggressive tone to the Cream."

3. Chris Squire (Yes)
"Chris Squire is incredibly inventive and imaginative writer of bass melodies. He'll always be a pinnacle of great bass players."

4. Jeff Berlin
"He's more of a jazz bass player now but he used to play kind of fusion, rock and jazz with Bill Bruford on Bill's solo records. Bruford was a fantastic band and Jeff is still among the top bass players out there, different calibre, he's just off the planet."

5. Les Claypool (Primus)
"We must not forget Les Claypool from Primus. A true style-seeking venture on bass, really original, an incredible player and he's influenced me with his attitude towards bass playing."

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