List of jazz bassists

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Jazz bassist Charles Mingus was also an influential bandleader and composer whose musical interests spanned from bebop to free jazz.

This list of jazz bassists includes performers of the double bass and since the 1950s, and particularly in the jazz subgenre of jazz fusion which developed in the 1970s, electric bass players.

The most influential jazz double bassists from the 1940s and 1950s include bassist Jimmy Blanton (1918–1942) (a member of the Duke Ellington band); Oscar Pettiford (1922 – 1960), who is considered by bassists and musicologists to be the first bebop bassist and the transitional link from the swing era to bebop. Ray Brown (1926–2002), known for backing a number of beboppers, including alto virtuoso Charlie Parker; Milt Hinton (1910-2000) and George Duvivier (1920-1985) who are the two most recorded bassists in jazz history, their respective careers spanning many eras and genres; a singular creative force was Wilbur Ware (1923–1979) legendary bassist with Monk and others, hard bop bassist Ron Carter (born 1937); and Paul Chambers (1935–1969), a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

In the experimental post 1960s eras, which saw the development of free jazz and jazz-rock fusion, some of the influential bassists included Charles Mingus (1922–1979) and free jazz and post-bop bassist Charlie Haden (born 1937).

In the post-1970s era of jazz-rock fusion, the electric bass became an important jazz instrument; virtuoso Stanley Clarke (born 1951) played both the double bass and the electric bass. Fusion performer Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) contributed to the development of a new approach to the fretless electric bass, adding a creative use of harmonics and chords, both while a member of the band Weather Report and in his solo recordings.

In the 1990s and 2000s, one of the new "young lions" for jazz bass was Christian McBride (born 1972). JazzTimes named Avishai Cohen (born 1970), who has played with Chick Corea, as "among the elite bassists on the scene today."[citation needed]

Jazz fusion bassist Jaco Pastorius was known for his expressive fretless electric bass playing.

For double bass players in other styles of music, such as Blues and Folk, see the List of double bassists in popular music.

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Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam July 14, 2007. Andersen has played with Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Grifin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan, Don Cherry and Chick Corea.

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Dave Holland has played with some of the greatest names in jazz, and has participated in several classic recording sessions (Miles Davis, Chick Corea..)

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Sam Jones has played with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk. He is likely best known for his work with Cannonball Adderley (1959–65), but also spent several years working with Oscar Peterson (1966–1970) and Cedar Walton and recorded with Bill Evans in the 1950s.

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