I have been a bit of a Steve Swallow fan for 40 years, since I spent Summer of '73 at Berklee College of Music & frequently saw him perform with Gary Burton at the Jazz Workshop. Back then there weren't many prominent great electric bass players. (This was before "Jaco" & "School Days"). If you wanted to hear slap technique you could hear it in the background of a Sly & the Family Stone album. My basic instrument was trumpet, I screwed around at bass, that's all. Technically, everything I saw Swallow do seemed "playable" by my standards--that is, with a little work. However, his solos were well crafted & original. On a level entrancing. I simply couldn't get enough, & (Mark Ruffin's visceral reaction to Swallow playing with Steve Kuhn in Chicago was similar to mine.) I do remember going out and hoping to buy recordings of the Gary Burton Quartet on order to transcribe Swallows solos. It turns out that those Atlantic recordings were quite watered down, had virtually no solos of Swallow, & didn't capture the amazing chemistry of the quartet heard live. (Finally in 2008 or 2009, MCA did record the quartet live with Antonio Sanchez instead of Bob Moses on drums. This CD does give a sense of what they are like live, & Swallow's solo in Falling Grace particularly brings back nice memories.) I wish I had more recordings like that with him soloing. Because Swallow used a pick I assumed that he was a converted guitar player (kinda like me.) It wasn't until 2007 when PBS Radio did a segment on Chick Correa that I learned that Swallow had been quite successful as a Double Bassist with Stan Getz, & shortly after leaving Get & playing with Correa for a while, he canned the double bass to become strictly an electric bassist. Question. If Swallow came along today as am electric bassist, how far could he go? I am taking into account the transformation & development of the instrument. In Swallow's day guitarists & double bassists alike didn't gravitate to the instrument. Swallow's technique is frequently called "nimble", but technically isn't in a league with Bromberg or Wooten. Yes, when considering my question you may take into consideration less tangible factors, such as Swallow's song writing skills.