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▪ Anderson proves himself a fascinating and adventurous composer as well as a virtuoso bassist in this superlative album.
▪ By another stroke - nay, complete coronary - of fortune, Hugo's bro Jebb was a bassist.
▪ His favourite bassists include Ray Brown, Paul Chambers.
▪ Jerry Lee still found time to criticise the bassist from his own backing band but was now in classic form.
▪ Ladd, a Boston-based bassist / poet / producer, never lets the music out of his hands.
▪ She did considerable freelance work while establishing her trio, eventually playing regularly with drummer Steve Davis and several excellent bassists.

n. A musician who plays a bass instrument.


n. a musician who play the bass viol


A bass player, or bassist, is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments. Since the 1960s, the electric bass has been the standard bass instrument for rock and roll, jazz fusion, heavy metal, country, reggae and pop music. The double bass is the standard bass instrument for classical music, bluegrass, rockabilly, and most genres of jazz. Low brass instruments such as the tuba or sousaphone are the standard bass instrument in Dixieland and New Orleans-style jazz bands.

Despite the associations of different bass instruments with certain genres, there are exceptions. Some 1990s and 2000s rock and pop bands use a double bass, such as both Andrew Jackson Jihad, Barenaked Ladies; Indie band The Decemberists; and punk rock/ psychobilly groups such as The Living End, Nekromantix, The Horrorpops, and Tiger Army. Some fusion jazz groups use a lightweight, stripped-down electric upright bass rather than a double bass. Some composers of modern art music use the electric bass in a chamber music setting. Some jazz big bands use electric bass. Some fusion, R&B and house music groups use synth bass or keyboard bass rather than electric bass. Some Dixieland bands use double bass or electric bass instead of a tuba. In some jazz groups and jam bands, the basslines are played by a Hammond organ player, who uses the bass pedal keyboard or the lower manual for the low notes.

Usage examples of "bassist".

The bassist gave her a light punch to the shoulder and walked out of the room.

The song was about past times of innocence and belief, and through it, Christa called to Melinda, trying to rekindle something of those qualities in the bassist, to mirror them to her so that she might see what she could become once again.

The bassist lifted her hand to give her lead guitarist an okay sign, and her studded leather gauntlets flashed in fiery coruscations.

Noel Redding, bassist from the Jimi Hendrix group, also kept diaries, intertwined with the other two.

Hammond harmonica, brought with him from Earth, their instruments were hand-made by Paul Dwyer, the bassist, and their repertoire mainly consists of twentieth century blues and country standards.

Jed Ferman, the dark and balding bassist of the Raiders at the next table.

Adam Holzman on synthesizer and the bassist Marcus Miller were members of the band.

Dominique Messier, bassist Marc Langis, and percussionist Paul Picard.

The cellists and bassists were trying to decide between saving themselves, and saving their instruments.

Anthony Kerr, tenorman Alan Skidmore, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and the Powell Brothers, Tristan and James, on guitar and drums.

If Susan had liked stringy-haired bassists with severe drug problems and colon breath, she would have been in luckbut she didn't.