A few years back Guitar magazine did a article on the the "Top 50 Albums That Changed Rock Guitar" They broke it down into 2 catagories of 25. The 1st catagory had guitarists they thought just totally revolutionary in their opinion- Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Iommi, Van Halen, etc. The 2nd were those they thought who were not as inventive, but still pretty important Navarro, Rhoads, Cobain, etc. The cool thing was they: ¶ Rated the guitarists in chronological order vs. so and so is #1 because... (so they began with Hendrixs' "Are You Experianced"-1967 and went all the way to Steve Vais' "Passion and Warfare"-1990)- The issue came out in '96 btw. ¶ Said WHY[/b} they picked that guitarist (ex. they picked Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and said, "Wrote the blueprint for heavy metal guitar playing) ¶ Gave an example of what album defined that players playing (like with Iommi[Black Sabbath] "Paranoid") ¶ And wrote a liitle summary for each guitarist (ex. with Iommi they wrote, "In the grand scheme of things, this album was the definitive heavy-metal guitar prototype: dirge-like riffs, simple 5th and 3rd chords which rarely strayed from the bottom strings, all entwined in plodding minor keys.") Now sure my post was Most innovative bassists and the magazine was only talking about rock guitarists (altho they did mention John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and others), but who do YOU think are the most innovative bassists ever- rock music or otherwise? Extra bonus points if you followed the format of the magazine (chronological order, why you picked that bassist vs. just giving a name, and maybe a little suammry too.) I know it's alot of writing to ask, but what better way to show off your bassist knowledge! Thanks!