UK and Ireland bassists - top 20 ranked!

Includes both double bassists and bass guitarists - UK and Irish scene and beyond. Here's who we reckon. Got a list? Write in and we'll add yours in future posts 20 Paula Gardiner 19 Olie Brice 18 Alison Rayner 17 Mike Mondesir 16 Dave Redmond

Published: 18 Jul 2023. Updated: 2 months.

Includes both double bassists and bass guitarists - UK and Irish scene and beyond. Here's who we reckon. Got a list? Write in and we'll add yours in future posts

20 Paula Gardiner

19 Olie Brice

18 Alison Rayner

17 Mike Mondesir

16 Dave Redmond

15 Sam Burgess

14 Dave Green

13 Neil Charles

12 Misha Mullov-Abbado

11 Calum Gourlay

10 Geoff Gascoyne

9 Jim Barr

8 Tom Herbert

7 Barry Guy

6 John Edwards

5 Alec Dankworth

4 Tom Farmer

3 Gary Crosby

2 Chris Laurence

1 Dave Holland

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João Donato has died at the age of 88

Lula, president of Brazil, has led tributes to Brazilian composer and pianist João Donato who died yesterday aged 88 following hospitalisation and pneumonia. In the 1960s and 70s Donato recorded as a leader for such labels as Polydor, RCA Victor, …

Published: 18 Jul 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Lula, president of Brazil, has led tributes to Brazilian composer and pianist João Donato who died yesterday aged 88 following hospitalisation and pneumonia. In the 1960s and 70s Donato recorded as a leader for such labels as Polydor, RCA Victor, Pacific Jazz, Muse and Philips and continued to be an influence - as Lula says in his homage ''he kept creating and innovating until the end.”

Donato collaborated with Michael Franks on Sleeping Gypsy in the 70s appearing on the song fittingly 'Down in Brazil' and his own compositions that have become synonymous with his work included 'A ra' ('The Frog') covered by Sérgio Mendes in the 1960s and 'Bananeira' ('Banana Tree') covered by Eliane Elias on the singer-pianist's 2011 album Light My Fire.