Well, I just got back from seeing John Patitucci's trio at the Iridium and it was hands down AWESOME! It was my first visit to the new Iridium since it moved (although I live in NY) and it was well worth the hefty cover charge I had been avoiding for years. His acoustic playing is just great: he played a solo piece (from title, Jesus something, struck me as a possible spiritual) in G and it sounded just like a slide guitar player. His vibrato is rich, the intonation is flawless (he spent like two minutes between each song tuning the bass), and of course his technique is amazing. He also strikes the strings with his right hand really hard and that's inspiring to see/hear. He also bowed a tune (from his latest cd) and while I'm not much of a bow player it was wonderful. He just makes it look so easy to play the bass. It seemed effortless! I was also awed by his electric playing: he seemed to have no problem switching instruments. They played a great version of "Bye Ya" with him on electric and it was fun. Oh yeah, Steve Cardenas on guitar and Antonio Sanchez on drums were equally startling. I saw him play with Adam Rogers and Brian Blade last October but it was not nearly as energetic as this trio was. If this band is playing anywhere I highly recommend anyone to go.