Red Hot Chili Peppers / Blood Sugar Sex Magik

To my ears, every passage Michael Balzary has rendered with RHCP, and as a guest with other artists, is worthy of exploration. In my humble opinion, this platinum platter, waxed in 1991, set the bar for musicianship during the alt-rock era.

With an impeccable tone, deft articulation, and mastery of space - Flea freely vacillates from killer in-the-pocket grooves (“Give It Away”) to beautiful melodic accompaniment (“Under the Bridge”) to funky punk riffage (“Mellowship Slinky in B Minor”) and then some– always in the service of the song.