Just a quick review and a few thoughts of JP's performance last night with the Corea Elekrtic band - overall JP played a flawless gig, even when he was sight reading some of the new material's heads, with his music on the floor, very impressive. He played half a dozen stunning solos, and yes, Got A Match was absolutely blinding, with the whole band, Gambale in particular, going nuts. My criticisms however are to do with the sound. As a bassist I'm always worried that even if I have a good on-stage sound - that what the audience is hearing isn't as nice. Basically when JP soloed, he obviously had a different EQ and a smidhge of reverb added - making his Yamaha sound more like a classical guitar than a bass. Like I say his playing was brilliant when it came to the chops, but for me JP doesn't always play the nicest bass lines on electric, I think his double bass playing is better overall, and he defintely plays nicer bass lines on the upright. This wasn't helped by the sound of bass peaking and dipping, with very little definition on the quieter passages, and too much booming bottom end - overall not very tight sounding, which was a shame because he did play a brilliant set. Now this is where I get a little controversial, I have heard (without naming names) from a well known guitar maker that some of the cats that endorse Yamaha et al get paid for this privelege, I have no proof of this and I certainly won't argue with anyone who says otherwise, either way it doesn't bother me. However, having seen/heard Weckl play with Tom Kennedy recently where TK was playing his gorgeous Fodera 5 string through an SWR rig, I have to say the Kennedy had a beautifully rich and even tone compared with JP. Why JP uses the Yamaha gear is entirely up to him, but IMO I think he would get a better sound from a different bass, I'd love to hear him on a Fodera, or even a Conklin! For the record though I still rate Patitucci as one of THE greatest bassists around, the recent stuff he's done with Wayne Shorter has been nothing short of top class and I still find his virtuosity on 6 string breathtaking - I just think he should play a different bass. But that's just my opinion.