I just got back from two days at the Newport Jazz Fest. What a battery-charge. A few bassists of note: Christian McBride with Pat Metheny's new trio: What can you say. Great band, great energy, Pat's great hits. McBride got, in my opinion, the best sound through the Large Venue sound-system all weekend because he appeared to be the only player using a clip-on mic. McB had great intonation, solid ideas, and seemed to really dig playing the gig. He played fretless EB for one tune -- man, how cool is it to play fretless with the guy whose tunes provided Jaco's first major platform? Lonnie Plaxico totally underutilized by Cassandra Wilson. This band did not seem happy with each other at that moment in time, either. Reid Anderson with The Bad Plus. My 12-year-old tenor-player son loves the record, so I saw all of their short main-stage set and a bit of their tent-set. They sounded just like the record, and I'm on record about that. Reid's intonation was great, and his creativity is always present. Reid does tend to look like the "Before" poster-kid for bass technique -- floppy left hand, hunching, rocking -- none of that matters; he's a great player. I bet his Curtis teachers Do Not Approve though. Michael Moore with Dave Brubeck. A fine band: Tasty, fiery, improvisitory, and glad to be there. Michael bowed a lot for solos. Perfect intonation and a year's worth of ideas. His sound was slightly unfocussed through the PA. Perhaps the house-provided Ampeg B-15 Solid-state had something to do with that. Doug Weiss with Liz Wright and sitting in/filling in with Terrance Blanchard. Nice player, good intonation. Perhaps hampered by gut strings? It certainly sounded like he was capable of even more than he was delivering, but I suppose some might characterize that as "tasteful restraint." He did a great job last-minute subbing with Blanchard, but that's a burnin' band and he was "tastefully restrained." In short, good player but I've heard some TB/DB posters do just as well. Stan Clarke Band. More later as time allows.