Like so many of us, I grew up playing rock/metal, but I always got drawn into Motown because of the bass. For years, I did not know who James Jamerson was. I just got Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and have been listening to the CDs included. It's more obvious to me than ever how much Jamerson had an impact on my playing - probably everyone's playing. The thing that I see in his playing that never gets mentioned is: 1. He is extremely introverted in his style. There is a place he goes that has a link to the real world, but he seems to be playing in another plane of thought. 2. His technique walks between the drums and the structure of the song. He uses notes and rests to connect the other instruments and parts in a way so delicate that it's hard to define. He had a knack for understanding the intangible qualities of a soing. I have learned over the years that in my own playing that I sometimes disconnect from the song and follow an odd pattern - even a geometric playing pattern - to accomplish what I think the song needs. If it weren't for listening to what Jamerson did, I don't think I would have ever developed my approach to writing bass lines. My favorite part of the CD, FWIW, was the part where Jack Bruce told of when Jamerson came into one of his sessions, and showed Jack how to approach a Stevie Wonder kind of sound.