Steely Dan

Any major dude from my generation will tell ya that Steely raised the bar for bassists via their seamless meld of rock, jazz, R & B, and soul.

Dig Walter Becker's percolating pre-Jaco era passages throughout Countdown to Ecstasy (1973).

Walter stepped aside for Chuck Rainey, whose grooves on "Kid Charlemagne" (Royal Scam / 1976), to my ears, remain unsurpassed in the Dan canon.

Latter day bassist Tom Barney brought the five string funk to Alive In America (1995) and Two Against Nature (2000).