Top 10 Fretless Bass Players

They may play both fretless and fretted bass, but here we are interested only in their fretless bass playing.

The Top Ten

1 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Master of bass players. Playing guitar/bass with frets isn't very easy. And its much harder playing bass/guitar without frets. Really great! - zxm

Best One - WoopaBoopaHoopa7

2 Jeroen Paul Thesseling Jeroen Paul Thesseling

He is a Dutch bass player, who usually plays metal, especially fast and (or) technical/progressive subgenres of metal.
I've seen him playing a 7-string fretless bass (see the image).
He played for Obscura, Pestilence, and a studio project Ensemble Salazhar.
For example, he played fretless bass on 2 Obscura albums: Cosmogenesis, Omnivium. - Metal_Treasure

3 Steve Di Giorgio Steve Di Giorgio

He plays metal and jazz.
He's played for these metal bands: Death, Testament, Iced Earth, Obituary, Quo Vadis, Sadus, Charred Walls Of The Damned.
For example, he played fretless bass on the albums 'Individual Thought Patterns' by Death, 'Horror Show' by Iced Earth, and 'Defiant Imagination' by Quo Vadis. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader.
5 Alain Caron
6 Steve Lawson
7 Mick Karn

Inspired and inspiring. The man was a genius!

8 Percy Jones

Very inventive master of the art of fretless bass playing.

9 Tony Franklin
10 Pino Palladino

A great welsh fretless bassist. A real pro...

The Newcomers

? Steve Swallow

The Contenders

11 Mark Egan
12 Dominic Forest Lapointe Dominic Forest Lapointe

Insane skills (Augury, Beyond Creation) - Metal_Treasure

13 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
14 Gary Willis
15 Robin Zielhorst

Dutch bassist who plays both fretless and fretted bass (progressive, technical metal - Synic, Ne Obliviscaris, and more). - Metal_Treasure

16 John Patitucci

No, it's not John Petrucci of Dream Theater! Their names only look similar. - Metal_Treasure

17 Sting Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead singer for the English band The Police

Yes, he plays upright bass. - zxm

Yes, he sometimes plays frettless bass but he shouldn't be very high on this list because he can't be called a "master" of fretless playing. - Metal_Treasure

18 Bathiki Kumalo

Yes! His work on "You Can Call Me Al" is sublime. - Gg2000

19 Sean Malone Sean Malone
20 Jeff Ament Jeff Ament

He plays for a famous band (Pearl Jam) but I didn't put him very high because he plays the frettless bass like a fretted one and he rarely employs specific fretless techniques.
I guess he uses frettless bass for its different sound and not so much for its potential in terms of different techniques. - Metal_Treasure

21 Jimmy Haslip

He's a left-handed player. - Metal_Treasure

22 Alphonso Johnson
23 Richard Bona
24 Bunny Brunel
25 Tony Levin Tony Levin Anthony Frederick Levin is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. He also sings and plays synthesizer. Levin is best known for his work with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel.
26 Fernando Saunders
27 Jean-Marc Jafet
28 Stanley Clarke

I'm amazed this Maestro hasn't made this list yet!

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