This guy absolutely slays me, especially his stuff with Niacin. It took me a while to warm up to him, partly because I don't like Talas or Mr. Big very much. His playing with David Lee Roth was pretty cool, though. I would have thought his grinding, in-your-face tone wouldn't work in a jazzy setting, but, boy, was I wrong! I know Niacin isn't exactly hardcore jazz or straight ahead (mostly), but more pop/jazz sometimes leaning pretty hard toward rock, but he plays a pretty mean walking line on "Pay Dirt". Maybe what I like so much about Niacin is that Billy seems to like playing with other musicians more than cranking out solo albums. Also, has anyone noticed that his sound is often Rickenbacker-like, only more so? In other words, his tone reminds me of Close to the Edge and Relayer - era Chris Squire. Billy's tone is a little deeper, but I find the similarities from such totally different instruments interesting. And on "Chicken Dog," is he playing double bass, or what?