A friend of mine recently put forward that Les Claypool is the most talented bassist alive. I disagreed and before long the argument developed as to what criteria would define such a musician. Does he/she groove, is he fast, a good songwriter, does he know when to hold the low end and when to dazzle with a solo? These and dozens more. Anyway, I honestly can't settle on one above all. I'm interested to see who everyone else thinks exemplifies the qualities becoming of a bass player and why. Is there a "most talented bass player alive" or are there masters of the different disciplines?