Veteran record producer Don Was names his 5 all-time favorite bassists

Don Was rehearses for The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music at the Saenger Theatre on May 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Image credit: Photo by Skip Bolen/DJBB14/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions)

Meet record producer Don Was. In the studio, he’s the man in charge of bringing together the different elements of a recording project, from delivering the finished mix to the record company right back to the initial hiring of session players. How does he decide who to call?

“I love Hutch Hutchinson on bass guitar,” he told BP back in 1994. “I probably use him more than anyone else. Then there's Lee Sklar, who's a wonderful bassist, and I like to use John Patitucci for the acoustic stuff. I love to shake it up, though. There's a guy in Nashville named Glenn Worf who plays an upright through an Ampeg B-18, and it's an ungodly sound! But my favorite bass player was Willie Dixon, who had a simple style. It was really basic, strongly supportive, and incredibly rhythmic, but he was also as distinctive as Jaco.”

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Karl Coryat was Deputy Editor of Bass Player magazine in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he wrote two music books: Guerrilla Home Recording and The Frustrated Songwriter’s Handbook, the latter with Nicholas Dobson. In 1996, he was a two-day champion on the television game show Jeopardy!. He works as a comedian and musician under the pseudonyms Edward (or Eddie) Current.

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