Quite a few years ago I began making the switch from playing only electric bass to playing double bass. Malcolm Cecil was one of the first double bass players in Los Angeles to put me on his sub list for gigs. He had a steady gig at one of the hotels near LAX and I lived just minutes away in El Segundo. He lived in the hills near Malibu and at the time his area was plauged by floods and mudslides, we had terrible rains that year! I didn't have much experiance playing real double bass gigs back then but I could be counted on to be able to cover the gig for him at moments notice if he found the roads out of his area were impassable! Now years later, I make my living playing double bass! So I have much to thank Malcolm and Mother Nature for! Very interesting career he has had, the synth he designed for Stevie Wonder had a name, "Tonto" and it's all over Stevie's albums from the 70's. It was one of the first synths, ever! I'm pretty sure that Malcolm played double bass on some early hit albums by Elton John too, can't remember for sure but I think he's on "Tumbleweed Connection", a very early Elton John record. It's so nice to hear his name brought up here, I live in Asia now so we have not had any contact in years. But I just want to ad my props to your post about him, because getting a call for a gig from a real bonified cat like him when I was so green was very encouraging! He's one of many I owe whatever success I now enjoy to. Thanks Malcolm, were ever you are!