That's good to hear. My favorite would have to be Les Claypool of Primus.
I don't know much about bass players, but I think my favorite is Paul McCartney. His bass playing added so much to the Beatles' music.
Even though he essentially gave up the bass to focus on singing when he left Chicago-- when I listen to Chicago's earlier albums, I never cease to be amazed at Peter Cetera's bass playing (especially on Chicago V, where his bass chops actually overshadow even his superlative vocals).Another bass player I really like is John Archer. He was the bass player of the now defunct Aussie band, Hunters & Collectors. Most of their songs were driven by their rhythm section (Archer, and drummer Doug Falconer), even the lead guitar often took a back seat to the bass and drums in their music.
Just a response to one of your comments on my blog-- I highly recommend Chicago V if you're looking for an album with prominent bass.Many of the songs are layered-- they start with just the bass and/or drums, then the guitar comes in, then the keyboards, then the vocals, and the horns. Dialogue Pts. 1&2 really shows off Cetera's bass playing talents. State of the Union is also excellent in that respect.I don't know whether or not you have access to a DVD-Audio player (with the 5.1 surround sound set-up) but Chicago V is one of only 2 Chicago albums available in DVD Audio. I've not yet heard the 5.1 surround sound version but I'm willing to bet the bass would be even easier to distinquish/pick up on with that version of the CD.
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