Did anyone here start listening to jazz before you picked up an instrument? I decided to buy a bass because I wanted to play music, but the only music I listened to was hard rock. At the young age of 14, I never even knew that guitars and basses were used in jazz! I just thought jazz was big band music and I didn't give it much thought. Once I began playing, I was always seeking out good players. But I never really considered jazz until a couple years later when I saw a clip of Stanley Clarke on TV. I said, "Damn, what the hell was that?" Seeing him slap and play those super-fast solos just pushed the horizons a million miles further in terms of technical and musical capabilities of the bass. I bought "If This Bass Could Only Talk." I can't say I liked every tune or melody on it, but it made me realize that there was so much to explore. I've been exploring ever since. And I'm hooked.