Ok basketball has Jordan, Golf has Tiger Woods, Boxing has Ali but who do you think in the bass playing world has reached the status of prodigy or influenced it dramatically. When I say prodigy I mean known and has changed the way we look at bass like that of Jordan, Ali, Tiger. I would actually name 4. Leo Fender - maybe didn't play it but introduced the shape we all know and the electric bass. Jaco - His skill and finesse as a player Les Claypool - His way of making interesting bass lines which lead the band instead of guitar. Flea - Because he is probably one of the most well known bass players and is actually deserving of the credit given to him. All of these people I choose because they have changed the way we see bass and also the way I see bass. Everyone will probably be different because they will have what influenced them but some of these will feature most definitely.