Popping And Bopping: The Electric Bass In Jazz

Stanley Clarke performs on stage during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in 2007. (Getty Images)

In the jazz fusion era of the 1970s, a new breed of jazz superstar was born: the electric bassist. Although electric bass wasn't unheard-of in jazz before jazz-rock fusion, it quickly became an important component in fusion bands, and the bassists themselves became more prominent in the spotlight as soloists.

So here's a quick look at electric jazz bass and five of its greatest players from the '70s to the present day. We obviously can't cover all the "basses" with five artists and songs, so be sure to tell us your favorite electric jazz bass players and performances in the comments.

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