"First, a disclaimer: There was a time in my musical career when I stopped listening to other bass players. In my quest to craft my own individual voice on the instrument, I simply tuned out as many players as possible.
"Those days, of course, were long ago, and I’ve since caught up with all the greats. (Truth be told, part of the reason I asked Jeff Berlin and Billy Sheehan to join the BX3 Tour was so I could steal as many of their licks and ideas as possible!)
"No discussion of influential bass albums should fail to include the work of Billy Sheehan. But I initially became aware of him during my ‘self-imposed influence-celibacy,’ and as a result, I didn’t spend much time listening to his first band, Talas.
"Similarly, it would be negligent not to name recordings featuring Jeff Berlin or Marcus Miller and those bassists who came after me, such as Victor Wooten, Flea and Les Claypool, among many others. When you get right down to it, the list is endless and entirely subjective. So, what I have assembled for my ‘top 10 greatest bass albums of all time’ are those records that influenced me when I was a wee lad in the order that I heard them. In that way, it’s something of a diary, my own personal bass journey. Enjoy!"