+1 I would be willing to lay money down that he is probaly in fact a chops monster. What he does on record and what he CAN do are two entirely different things. You can hear the overall musicianship in his lines. As a budding bassist, Mike was one of the first players (along with Duck Dunn) that made an impression on me. He's such a "clean" player (which is no doubt a result of his session experience).