And in the past, there have been even more. And it's possible to have a large number of favourites for different reasons. So why do we always have to have 'xxxxx' vs. 'yyyyyy' or who is the best? Surely it's best to listen to as many great players as you can and not limit yourself in terms of influences and ideas for playing? As far as I'm concerned, I want to listen to Jaco, Stanley Clarke, John Patitucci, Jah Wobble, Marcus Miller etc etc. and like their music for different reasons. Plus comparisons seem to be possible, but not to say that one is a "better" player than another - they're all great in their own way. Because I like Jaco why would that mean I have to like somebody else any less? To say there is only one person who's the best, just makes no sense to me - it would be like living in a world where I'm only allowed to eat one thing - like chocolate - if that was the case, I'm sure I would become heartily sick of it in a very short time! And as that is undoubtedly the case, what purpose can possibly be served by having debates to this end?