Anyone catch the blindfold test with Ben Allison in the new JazzTimes magazine? It's rather interesting. I've always had respect for Ben; he's made no mystery that bebop and the like is not for him, and I respect him for that. I've heard some of his music and seen him live. It was good, if not the greatest imo. But some of those recordings he was given in this "test" and his responses (i.e. the Ellington/Blanton duets, the Evans/Lafaro /Motion trio, etc.) really struck me as odd that he would not know them. And I was a little taken aback as well. One would think ANY bassist would pick up Blanton or LaFaro in about 1 measure, let alone a whole tune. Eh....just struck me as a little strange.