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Huerta88
11-09-2010, 09:04 PM
See OP title. I could think of a lot of one-guy-and-a-guitar/piano acts.

But . . . ??

River Hippie
11-09-2010, 09:14 PM
I saw a bass player put on an hour long solo set and keep a crowd totally enthralled. He was/is a big time jazz player but I'm blanking on the name. This would have been late 80s-early 90s.
Not sure if it would go over mainstream. I saw him at a seminar at a guitar show.

I-VI-ii-V
11-09-2010, 09:57 PM
Esperanza Spalding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanza_Spalding) and Jay Leonart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Leonhart) are the two that came to mind.

RealityChuck
11-09-2010, 10:01 PM
The closest I can think of was Back Door (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_Door_(jazz_trio)), which was bass/vocalist, saxophone, and drums. Bassist Colin Hodgkinson was the frontman of the group.

Not a solo bass, and no vocalist, but Gravity was an all-tuba jazz group. It was formed by Howard Johnson, the go-to guy for rock and roll tuba (and I don't mean that as a joke -- he played with The Band, Taj Mahal, and Levon Helm, as well as leading the band on Saturday Night Live for many years).

I'd think that, overall, the bass needs other instruments to work.

Sam A. Robrin
11-10-2010, 02:48 AM
Cream, with Jack Bruce.

jjimm
11-10-2010, 03:14 AM
Bobby McFerrin?

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 04:00 AM
Are you still Hungry (for Stan's Ham)? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGDsW1owr24&feature=related)

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 04:04 AM
That one Sailing on a Sea of Green (cheeze) Jelly, 90's, Pac-West Bassist, that can half muff, boink, slap, and plug the bass like no other. Sings some pretyy silly songs.

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 04:14 AM
Not Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is currently pursuing his degree in Music(ology) from USC. Probably a sophomore by now... He might could on graduation form a band to llok out for.... long ago.

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 04:18 AM
Actually, he's probably into his 3rd. and 4th. year right now. Does he have the credits, did he graduate on something new and important to the continuance and teachings of the Sonic Sciences?

Argent Towers
11-10-2010, 04:31 AM
Man, you sound pretty good right now. What time is it where you are?

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 04:52 AM
Why I sittin' here at 5 in the mornin'? You come around like it's livin' for the pimpin'.

don't ask
11-10-2010, 04:56 AM
Not Pop/Rock, and no vocals, but Michael Manring, by a long way the best bass player I have ever seen, has managed to create solo albums of "New Age" bass playing although he doesn't consider himself a genre artist. Here he is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY4Ra2KOyas&feature=related) playing in someone's lounge room on the Hyperbass he helped to invent. This (http://www.manthing.com/Manthing/home.html) is his website.

Ximenean
11-10-2010, 05:27 AM
Cream, with Jack Bruce.
I'm pretty sure Cream had a guitarist.

Fugazi
11-10-2010, 05:40 AM
I can't say I've ever been one... no.

WarmNPrickly
11-10-2010, 05:48 AM
Primus

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 05:51 AM
That one Sailing on a Sea of Green (cheeze) Jelly, 90's, Pac-West Bassist, that can half muff, boink, slap, and plug the bass like no other. Sings some pretyy silly songs.

Primus

Oh, Yea.

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 05:56 AM
Dare I say that English chap, Phil Collins... his guitarist went another way, and was never quite as popularly successful.

devilsknew
11-10-2010, 06:01 AM
A bassist was the fucked-uppinesss behind the Fleetwood Mac Cult.

Súil Dubh
11-10-2010, 06:13 AM
Rob Wright from the Canadian band Nomeansno used to perform as Mr. Wrong, playing bass and singing with no accompaniment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomeansno#Side_projects

AllShookDown
11-10-2010, 08:31 AM
I saw a bass player put on an hour long solo set and keep a crowd totally enthralled. He was/is a big time jazz player but I'm blanking on the name. This would have been late 80s-early 90s.
Not sure if it would go over mainstream. I saw him at a seminar at a guitar show.

Stanley Clarke?

njtt
11-10-2010, 08:31 AM
Paul McCartney?

Do you mean someone who plays bass, sings, and uses no other instruments or sidemen?:dubious:

WordMan
11-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Morphine was all about Mark Sandman, songwriter, vocalist and master of the two-string bass. Minimalist, cool, noir - good stuff. Link to Have a Lucky Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4iRcv2JGc).

BubbaDog
11-10-2010, 10:52 AM
Paul McCartney?

Do you mean someone who plays bass, sings, and uses no other instruments or sidemen?:dubious:

I'm guessing the OP didn't want to consider spin off artists from other acts. If so, you could add Sting to the list.

I suggest Tal (http://www.talwilkenfeld.com/) Wilkenfeld (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gO7FI_ogvA) could someday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK03pYCLJho) fit the op's criteria.

I'd definitely go see her as a star act. Don't know if she sings. Don't care. She could just stand there all night, play that ax, and make those funny faces .

Huerta88
11-10-2010, 11:54 AM
Do you mean someone who plays bass, sings, and uses no other instruments or sidemen?:dubious:
Yes.

njtt
11-10-2010, 12:34 PM
Yes.

In that case, I would be surprised if there is anyone. Have any of the suggestions met that criterion?

Huerta88
11-10-2010, 01:11 PM
In that case, I would be surprised if there is anyone. Have any of the suggestions met that criterion?

Post no. 20 may do it. Most of the others are almosts or not-quites (as the posters generally were honest about admitting). It's obviously not anywhere near as easy to play out as a solo guitar/piano with vocals.

River Hippie
11-10-2010, 04:37 PM
Stanley Clarke?

I'm thinking it was Jeff Berlin.

Hunter Hawk
11-10-2010, 09:33 PM
Another one that comes close is Big Business, a sludge metal duo consisting of a bassist and a drummer. They've since been absorbed into the Melvins.

I suspect there are probably a couple of doom projects that might meet the "solo" and "bass" criteria, but they'd probably not meet the "successful" criterion.

Fried Dough Ho
11-10-2010, 09:42 PM
Mick Karn of Dali's Car.

Doug K.
11-11-2010, 09:15 AM
Jonas Hellborg did solo concerts and recorded at least two albums in the late 70s early 80s that were solo bass guitar with no vocals. Ron Carter did a solo upright bass album called "All Alone".

Mr. Green Jeans sang and played upright bass (sitting on the counter with the bass held like a huge guitar) occasionally on "Captain Kangaroo". (Technically he was "The New Old Folk Singer", but it was the same actor)

Staggerlee
11-11-2010, 09:26 AM
Lemmy played bass and sang for Motorhead, as did (forgive me) Mark King in Level 42.

Does Jaco Pastorius fit the OP - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaco_Pastorius - ?

Crafter_Man
11-11-2010, 10:32 AM
I found him! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JHqeePBq3I) What do I win?

Huerta88
11-11-2010, 10:42 AM
I found him! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JHqeePBq3I) What do I win?

I'm not sure if busking qualifies as "successful."

Jaco Pastorius does seem to fit the bill though.

smoke
11-11-2010, 01:40 PM
Om (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_%28band%29) comes pretty close. There's a singer/bassist plus a drummer. There are sometimes other instruments, but those two are the official band. Really good stuff too.

pulykamell
11-11-2010, 03:55 PM
Lemmy played bass and sang for Motorhead, as did (forgive me) Mark King in Level 42.

Does Jaco Pastorius fit the OP - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaco_Pastorius - ?

There's plenty of bassists who are lead singers in bands. The OP is looking for a "Solo Bassist/Vocalist." So, a solo guy accompanied only by bass. So, instead of guy-with-guitar or guy-with-piano singer-songwriter types, the OP is looking for guy-with-bass.

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