For me personally. His playing has never really zapped me so to speak. Now that doesn't mean he's an awesome bassist, because he is, heck I could never even begin to approach his abilitys. But his playing has never done anything for me. I purchased and read cover to cover the book "Jaco" that was being sold thru BP mag. I was all waterey eyed at the end. Such a sad story for a brilliant player. As a dad myself, I really feel sad for his two sons. Years ago I bought two Jaco cd's in the hope of having his playing finally "bite me" and so I could begin to understand all the awe-struck bassists out there, they were: "Black Market" & "Heavy Weather" But I came away feeling that the bass was very weak in the mix and too much over-playing by the other members in weather report. That was at least eight yrs ago. I recently tried again with the same two cd's and it just didn't do a thing for me... admitantly that style is NOT my favorite or even what I enjoy, but is there another piece of Jaco's work that will finally bring home the message to me? 'Cos the cd's I have of his certainly do not and apparently I am missing something that nearly every other bassist has heard. P.S. pls don't flame me for posting this, I have been working up the courage since I found TB. I am just opening up and being honest. Thx!!