I'd like to just cast this wide net out there and ask an open ended question. As jazz musicians, everybody loves to focus on developing ones soloing ability but obviously there's much more to a bassists life than taking your shot at saying something. Yeah we know... this mode and that scale, phrasing, transcriptions of solos, motivic development, solo development etc. but that's not a bassist does 80% of the time for a song. How do you focus on becoming an even better bandmate? Lets assume we know the fundamentals: chord tones (esp on strong beats), outlining the harmony, time keeping, knowing the tunes, etc. That's all essential, but what do you guys do that break out even beyond that? Or is that all there is? What's your take? If listening skills are to be developed, what exactly should one listen for? I'll try my best at just listening and getting folks to clarify their thoughts without asserting much.