posted on Nov, 21 2004 @ 07:55 AM
The most underrated musician of all time is definitely Nick Drake? Definitely not! Now don’t think I’m just saying this because Nick Drake is not to
my tastes; I’m actually quite the fan. But I think more thought should be given to your usage of the term ‘most underrated’.
To my mind, a great musician is someone with mastery over their chosen instrument, someone with great knowledge of the theory of music (whether taught
or discovered), and someone who has imbued their field of study with their own innovations so as to pioneer their instrument. Somebody like jazz/funk
bassist Victor Wooten would fit all of these categories.
And then there is the matter of being underrated. Victor Wooten would not be able to live up to the title of ‘most underrated musician’ if it were so
bestowed upon him because he is widely recognised in the jazz community as being one of the greatest bass guitarists and musicians since the
conception of jazz.
For somebody to be an underrated musician then, they must fit my above criterion of a musician, and must also be widely unknown to even the specialist
musical communities. Nick Drake couldn’t possibly fit the criteria of ‘most underrated musician’, because first of all he isn’t all that great on
guitar. He’s good at what he does, but he cannot compete with many of the great folk instrumentalists. Second, he has several albums - including
best-ofs - all available in mainstream record stores.
Lastly, I wouldn’t say I’m in a position to comment on who is the ‘most’ underrated musician of all time. The ‘most’ underrated musician of all time
would surely escape most people’s notice, including my own. But I can certainly cite somebody like Regi Wooten as being a good example of an
underrated musician. A brilliant guitarist and all round musician, yet greatly overshadowed by his more successful brother, Victor.
[Edited on 21-11-2004 by Bad Future]