Bass ( Base ) - the foundation or starting point for something.

"But I don’t wear the same tie every night — I try to play differently with everybody" - Ron Carter

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom". - Charlie Parker

"No matter what kind of music you’re playing, the bass enhances the sound and makes it more beautiful and full." -  Charlie Haden

"Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that's it. No America, no jazz." - Art Blakely

 ‘Women and rhythm section first!’
- Jaco Pastorius

“I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline.” 
- Duke Ellington