So, I guess I'll break it down by (sometimes ridiculous)genre
Rock-Flea. Hands down. Forget slap and pop, listen to the melodies and the groove!
Metal(yeah, I said it)-Rex from Pantera. Always nailed it. Yeah I know, Cliff rules, but... Props to ex-QOTSA dude Nick Oliveri...signature sound,too
Pop- Left field, but Pino Palladino is one of the best around. Plays with the Who when they go live, but check Paul Young's "Secret of Association" for "I'm gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down". Mad groove and technique! props to Mike Elizondo for gettin' the bass player some with Dr. Dre...
Jazz- An oldie but a Goodie--Charlie Haden. Historical because of Ornette, but damn fine in his own right. In The Year of The Dragon...beautiful.
Who did I forget?....
Alternative(when it was still a useful term)- Mike Watt. King of the indie bass players. Minutemen,Firehose. The guy PLAYS!
Classic rock- Come on. John Entwistle. You can have your Chris Squier (great player)...but John is (was, RIP) the MAN.
RnB-Bootsy, baby. James Brown, Parliament. Praxis.
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