For me, it is Stanley Clarke. When I was fourteen, I saw him on the cover of GuitarPlayer, and I first heard of Alembic. From 1975-1988, I bought every release of his except for maybe two. Over time, however, I realized that I was not really into piccolo bass or alot of lead bass playing. I came to understand that although I idolized Stanley Clarke, I played more like Bernard Edwards, Mark Adams (Slave), or even Geddy Lee than Stanley Clarke. In real terms, by 1980, Marcus Miller, Bernard Edwards, and Anthony Jackson, had become my biggest influences, it just took me along time to get out of the habit of buying Stanley Clarke recordings.