It is actually more difficult these days to find a solid, no nonsense player who can stay on the pocket and drive
the song, rather than all the bass athleticism some players feel is their personal priority.
I've heard this more than a few times, and it has affected my approach to the instrument - rather than show off amazing chops, I've always tried to stay focused on being a solid player that keeps the rhythm section tight, and to contribute as much as I can vocally... I've always stayed busy as a bassist, so I'd say it's been a sound approach... I still play a fair amount of guitar, and can tear it up on bass pretty good, but I always serve the song first and foremost - and do whatever it takes to make any band I play in better...