So thus far everyone has failed to notice:
Stuart Zender: Jamiroquai's original bassist, his lines are very original, rhythm solid and he's incredibly diverse in his sounds.
Abraham Laboriel: Just listen to Koinonia's Frontline front to back, that'll say enough... This man just ooze's jazz with his sense for rhythm and contrapunction (which sounds technical, but could well be the most play-full way of making music)
Paul Spencer Denman: Bassist for Sade, NO one understands the grand scheme like he does. He plays exactly what needs to be played and nothing more or less. Also singularly responsible for putting the groove into the Sade sound.
Lee Sklar might just be as innovative as Pastorious was. You become a better bassplayer just by listening to this guy!
John McVie was mentioned already but still: rhythm, innovative lines and a sound that blends perfectly with Fleetwood Mac's sound.
Edited by Bosstooned - 9/27/13 at 2:26pm
What do all these guys have in common? They all know how to position themselves, they both dictate the music AND contradict it when necessary. SO much more important than quickness or possessing the right 'technique'. Playing the bass as though you're Satriani is cool but it isn't playing bass; it's playing guitar with lower notes and thicker strings.