I've been playing bass for about six months after six months of guitar and a couple years of saxophone. I have a pretty decent grasp of theory (at least I like to think I do), but I know that I need to listen more. The problem is that there are so many great artists that have tons of work out there, and its hard to know where to start. Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Christian McBride, and all the flashy players like Stanley Clarke, Wooten, and Marcus Miller... It can be overwhelming! So I turn to you guys to ask the question: If you were to pick any specific album(s) that a serious student should purchase for study and analysis, what would you choose? I have about $65 of iTunes credit left over from Christmas, so give me some music to listen to! I'm mostly into funk/soul (Stax and Motown) or jazz (though I'm not a fusion fan, more like Kind of Blue or Something Else), but I am willing to listen to pretty much anything.