Well, this cat definately has chops, but from what I understand, he has more to offer to jazz history than his blazing fast solos. I read somewhere (I think it was an amazon review for the villiage vanguard cd) that he was the first bass player to really step out of the traditional quarter note walking bassist box. He definately is more lead sounding than rhythm, but he still keeps it sounding tight. So, is he really the first bassist to play like this? Do we owe him respect for stepping outside of the box before other cats did?