I have really noticed that most of the new players I really enjoy lately are women. Going back to the early 1990's with MeShell Ne'DegeOcello, I have found myself really enjoying music female bassist/songwriters. Debra Killings, Rhonda Smith, and now L-dia (from Myspace & Youtube) seem to be bringing freshness to funky bass that I can't quite put a finger on. It's not like they are pioneering new techniques, I guess it must be a "female touch" that gives their music a different feel. On second thought, maybe it's the fact these players strike me as song driven instead of chops driven (although I guess I need to hear more from L-dia before I can be sure if she really fits what I'm talking about.) I say this, because I have become a fan of Fred Hammond, and he is definitely song (message) driven, not bass driven too. I guess that maybe instead of gender, what I really am picking up on is that I love bass in a really musical context, not a clinical, "show-me-your-chops" kind of situation that so many great younger players seem to find themselves in.