My question was spawned by the thread on reading. I'm not an excellent reader, by any means. Many times, especially when trying to read melodies and solos, I have to really tap out the rhythms and think about the possible fingerings before I can play them. I remember when I was in high school, I asked my friend who is a a classically trained violinist to try to read and play some Marcus Miller type slap bass and Teen Town on his violin. He had been reading all of his life and he was technically very proficient. He could get it down, but my point is that he still had to "work it out" to some extent. He wasn't able to "sight read" it. Now, all of this leads up to my question. How well can some of the monster readers read? Can they cruise through Coltrane solos (slowly but in time) at a glance at the sheet music? (with all the accidentals, chromatic phrases, and big leaps?) Have you ever seen anyone's reading chops really put to the test on the bass?