A true musician’s musician is
bassist Barry Guy from
England. Almost all the younger generation of free jazz bassists I know worship this guy.
Also sacrosanct are modern jazz legends Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, and Ron Carter. Dave
Holland and Richard Davis are big names in avant-garde jazz circles as well. Reggie Workman and
Cecil McBee are historically distinguished bassists who double as jazz educators today. Out of all these names,
Ron Carter sticks
out as being the most ‘inside’, yet I was amazed to hear him really play
his tail off with the second Miles Davis Quintet of the mid to late 1960s. The best example of extended technique from this group of bassists is
from Barry Guy on seminal avant-garde jazz trumpeter Bill Dixon’s Vade Mecum
albums recorded in the 1990s.