I am quite curious who your favorite bassists are and why. I love knowing specific musical examples. Often I hear that so-and-so is a good musician, but I never get responses to my satisfaction as to why s/he is a favorite. I really want to know about your choices.
I am asking because I started playing bass in January of 2005, long after becoming a CH fan and several months before discovering SE. Once I finally listened to SE, I was completely amazed/floored/dumbfounded by Nigel Griggs. Meanwhile, I didn't have that lightbulb moment with Nick because I was already a fan and knew the music. It's only recently that I'm listening to his parts and going "Wow..."
So with that bit of introduction, I want to know your favorites because I am trying to expand my bass circle of influences. I adore Griggs as the master of "feel", but I want to find more players to listen to. For example, I started noticing Adam Clayton's parts, but there is a whole world of people I haven't heard yet!