Just returned from the North Sea Jazz festival where I heard some masterclasses in great bass playing. Bob Hurst, Dave Holland, George Mraz. Percy Heath still playing great bass in the latter half of his seventies and looking like he was having the time of his life. Other highlights were the new generation represented by Christian MacBride with the Wayne Shorter Quartet - just awesome in the amount of authority he brings to the bassists role - and Charnett Moffet with Mcoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson. I'm sure Moffet can be (and do doubt is) accused of virtuosity for its own sake but his technique is awesome and his solos were musical and entertaining if not necessarily subtle or deep. There was also much evidence of the affection in which Ray Brown was held by the jazz community.