The Who, powered by the thunderous bass of John Entwistle is on full display with this 1971 release. The song "My Generation" (which was originally released in 1965), features the first-ever recorded electric bass solo in rock music. The Who have many great albums, but "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy" is a good compilation overview, especially of the first decade of their career.
Weather Report was an all-star group that pushed the limits beyond jazz and into the future. In March of 1977, the sounds of Weather Report's "Birdland" from the album "Heavy Weather", filled the universe with the fretless magic of Jaco Pastorius. Check out the tune "Havona", which in my humble opinion is Jaco's finest hour as a composer, bassist, and soloist. If there was one tune to define the genius of Jaco, "Havona" is it!
In his thirty-three (33) short years on earth, Paul Chambers revolutionized the evolution of Bass with his incredible lines, improvisation, arco playing, huge tone and his soulful stylings. Check out the full album and my personal favorite song, "Visitation".
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and bassist Flea pour out the funk on Blood Sugar Sex Magic. Produced by the masterful Rick Rubin and released in 1991.
Released in 1986, this Grammy Award-winning "Album Of The Year" and "Record Of The Year" are a staple in the world of brilliant songwriting, coupled with incredible musicianship. Bassist Bakithi Kumalo helped to shape the overall signature sound of the album with his lyrical fretless and fretted bass.