I have to say, one of my absolute favourite bass players is Ray Shulman of the 70's prog group Gentle Giant. He is just so tight and on it when it comes to groove yet could be so inventive and fluid when he needs to. Gentle Giant (IMHO) were one of the most technically proficient bands of their or any other era. Ray was a pivotal member and one of the groups cheif composers. I strongly recommend anyone who is bored with their music collection to search out any GG album for a truly inspirational and innovative group. I defy any bassist who fancies themselves as a hot player to try and cop "freehand" and then I'll give max respect!