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Milt « The Judge » Hinton
Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Joseph Patrick Moore
« Slam » Stewart
Geroge “Pops” Foster
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What is the Jazz Bass?
The Jazz Bass is a type of electric bass guitar that has a narrower, sturdier body than a Precision Bass. It was originally designed by Leo Fender in 1951 for jazz and swing musician, double bassist and electric bassist Charles Mingus.
The Jazz Bass features two single-coil pickups, each with its own volume control knob. Tone controls are individual for each pickup, including a master tone control. The bridge is also different on the Jazz Bass compared to the Precision Bass; it has a “synchronized” rosewood bridge that makes it easier for players to produce effects such as vibrato by moving a finger over both strings at once.
The jazz bass is generally not used with amplification, as it doesn’t need to be amplified due to its low output. The jazz bass is an electric or acoustic bass, but can also be used with amplification. It is often used in musical genres ranging from jazz to funk to soul music. The most common configurations of the instrument are four, five or six strings in a low range (the lowest string of the bass guitar).
Who are the most famous jazz bassists and what are their contributions?
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Jazz bassists are the backbone of a jazz band. They are responsible for keeping the rhythm and maintaining the bottom end of the spectrum.
Jazz bassists can be divided into two groups: traditional and electric. Traditional jazz bassists use an acoustic bass guitar and do not amplify their instrument with an amplifier or electronic effects. Electric jazz bassists use an electric double bass, which is amplified by a sound system, and have more freedom in terms of the different techniques they can use to play their instrument.
The most famous jazz bassists are Charles Mingus, Ron Carter and Paul Chambers. These three have contributed to the genre by developing their own unique style and technique, which has influenced countless generations of future bassists.