Great list! enough there to keep one busy for a year at least. I know I'll be looking to get some of this stuff on cd in the near future.
Will add one more myself, Paul Denman, bass player on Sade's band, this guy and the guitar player Stewart Mathewman complement perfectly Sade's vocals. Both are very understated but man, some of those grooves are sooo friken good.
I was going to add Flea as well but pelly3s beat me to it.
How about Michael Anthony from Van Halen ......Nah! he's lucky he hooked up with those guys when he did
Skywave, "I didn't see Duck Dunn yet, did I?" was mentioned earlier. Tony Levin already came up and I myself am not that familiar with him but he is definitely a formidable player from the little that I've heard/seen so far.