I took a trip to NYC tonight and went to see John Pizzarelli at Birdland. Some of you probably know that he uses his brother Martin as a bassist. The guy has atrocious technique, does not seem to know what an endpin is (or to care, for that matter).... Oh and his entire bass, including the bridge, is painted black. I would be flabbergasted if you told me he ever took a single lesson in his life. And despite that, I have seldom heard as solid a feel as the one between him and drummer Tony Tedesco. It was so utterly in the pocket throughout the entire set! Listening to them made me think about taking my own playing back to the "bassics." It also made me ask questions like: "What is the appropriate role of the bass in an ensemble?" I mean, the guy never took a solo and seemed satisfied with his exclusively supportive function. Maybe we're not entitled to a bass solo in every other chart, just because we CAN play over the changes. Anyone here familiar with Martin? BTW, this is not some superstitious anti-technique thread.