I am currently thinking about my concept. I have gone through a number of phases regarding the role of bass. Specifically in a straight ahead setting. My first phase was when I was in college. I think it was 'a little knowledge is dangerous' phase. I was playing all kinds of ghost notes, eighth notes triplet figures, etc. Then, as parting wisdom at graduation my jazz director and mentor of sorts said 'learn to love the quarter note'. Phase 2. I started really getting into Paul Chambers. Talk about a guy that loved the heck out of the quarter note. I was playing in a group that did mostly 50's and 60's bebop stuff. Then I was on a session with a singer and she wanted me to do all that bum, bum, bum, digaty, bumpy, bum stuff. Then I started to think, maybe this the modern style of bass players. Phase 3. I started playing with a piano trio. The piano player was really into Bill Evans. I started listening, transcribing, and learning the approaches of bass players in that style (Scott LaFaro, Eddie Gomez, Gary Peacock, Miroslav Vitous). Current phase. I am now 30 years old. I read an Blindfold Test with Branford a while back and something has always stuck with me. He didn't like a bass player on a certain recording because 'he has no hump in his style, bass players gotta have hump'. I wasn't quite sure what this meant. Then I got the Love Supreme live in Amterdam dvd. Eric Revis has huge hump. That guy swings so hard. I am now back to loving the s*** out the quarter note. Just a rant but I know that there are many great players on this forum that have been doing this for a while. I mean this as a way to start discussion about role, sharing of wisdom, other stories of growth. Whatever.