Top 10 Fretless Bass PlayersThey may play both fretless and fretted bass, but here we are interested only in their fretless bass playing.
Master of bass players. Playing guitar/bass with frets isn't very easy. And its much harder playing bass/guitar without frets. Really great!
The best fretless player. He did not invent it, but damn does he master it.
He was the pioneer of the fretless bass.
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.
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.
Inspired and inspiring. The man was a genius!
Lyrical and expressive, Percy Jones was the bassist for the prog rock/fusion band Brand X. If you're into the fretless you need to give them a listen, particularly "Unorthodox Behaviour" and "Moroccan Roll".
Very inventive master of the art of fretless bass playing.
A great welsh fretless bassist. A real pro...
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.
Simply amazing. Saw him perform live once with the Chick Corea Akoustic Band in a movie theater in Richmond VA and was totally blown away.
No, it's not John Petrucci of Dream Theater! Their names only look similar.
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.
Yes, he plays upright bass.
Yes! His work on "You Can Call Me Al" is sublime.
Dutch bassist who plays both fretless and fretted bass (progressive, technical metal - Synic, Ne Obliviscaris, and more).
I'm amazed this Maestro hasn't made this list yet!