Well, Stu Hamm, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, et. al. are all great players. It's fairly pointless to argue about "better" and I'm not enough of a student to argue the technical proficiency point. I think there's more to making compelling music than just having chops, but I've never really been an "art for art's sake" kind of guy.
With the exception of Jaco, other modern virtuosos have the distinct advantage of having come AFTER the electric bass was popularized in rock music by Entwistle and others.
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