There have been so many throughout the years that have impacted me in one way or another. I've seen Jaco, Stanley Clarke, Entwistle, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee....countless others who I admire. There's also countless "unknowns" on You Tube who have skills that are just beyond comprehension and I can't help but admire all of them as well. Can't help but be rather envious of them, to be honest. Because I'm pretty much a "meat and potatoes" player (and that's all I'll ever be) it pretty much comes down to two players with the first being Paul McCartney. What can I say that we don't already know? Brilliant, melodic, steady with the right phrase and the right note at the right time. Doesn't overplay, doesn't underplay, just does what's best for the song and does it so well. The second is some unknown who I heard playing in a cover band at an outdoor party two years ago. Can't remember the name of the band, never got his name but WOW!! This guy was amazing. Didn't slap, pop or tap but he ROCKED and FUNKED with his own flair that was irresistable. Played finger style with such authority and with such confidence. Had a sound that just hit you right in the chest too. He also played some very cool and unexpected things in the songs as well. The kind of things that sounded outside of the key but it fit and then he'd slide right back into the key. This guy had a HUGE influence on me.