Jazz

The ten best jazz bassists of all time

In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists and pianists, today we focus on those holding down the low-end. Although there are a number of exceptional bassists worthy of consideration, these are the ten best jazz bassists of all time.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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