Michael, Over the last couple of days I've been reading a biography of Jaco (by Milkowski) that Steve lent me - it's an amazing story, and pretty tragic. I had kind of been aware that the last couple of years of his life were a bit of a struggle, but I didn't know the full reality of just quite how bad it was getting in the years coming up to his death - the way it was written seemed to indicate that there wasn't any other way it was going to end, given the person he was, and the situation he was in. But the descriptions of the musician he was, especially from those that played with him, are inspiring. Anyway, my question is, I have a memory that you once took some lessons with / played with Jaco (I guess this must have been the early '80s) - I believe he wasn't reknowned for his teaching, and it must have been at the more difficult time in his life. Could you give us a little insight into your experience with him? What form did the lessons take? What was he like personally? What kind of things did you get from the experience? Also, I just yesterday received a newly released Joni Mitchell DVD from the Shadows & Light tour - it's pure genius from beginning to end. Of all the things I've heard Jaco play, I think the Hejira material is by far the best. So inventive, complementary, appropriate, and he manages somehow never to repeat himself! It's so perfect that it's hard to believe he wasn't playing at the same time as Joni, or even in the same postcode, all his parts being recorded after the fact. I recommend the DVD wholeheartedly. Lastly, any news on your album? I think there's a lot of people waiting agog for it....... Cheers, Phil P.S. I realise you must get questions like this all the time, sorry to bother you with it again!