I watched Jools Holland's Later last Friday - well actually I recorded it and watched it later but never mind - which is a UK TV programme that has live bands in the studio. So, they had Jamiroquai with a huge band - string section, backing vocalists - looked like about 30-50 musicians! They played 4 or so songs from the new album and they were pretty boring - especially the bass lines were very dull and repetitive - but basically the songs were going nowehere and seemed pretty flat! But then at the end they segued (faded?) into a version of "Cosmic Girl" from the "Travelling without Moving" album and as soon as Nick Fyffe launched into the Stuart Zender bassline, the whole thing changed. The energy level went up, the whole band sounded 100% better and you could see everyone there, was more into it. Fyffe played the Zender line note-for-note with exactly the same tone/sound and it sounded so much better than anything else he had played all night. To me it summed up how Jamiroquai were so much better with Zender and that Fyffe has either no idea about creating good basslines or he is being told exactly what to play by Jay - I favour the latter as for most of the "set" the band just sounded like they were all paid session musicians, doing what they were told and no more. Whereas for the first 3 Jamiroquai albums I got the feeling they were a "real band" with all the members able to input ideas and this made them much more interesting than they are now. Anybody else see this or have a view?