Hi there brothers of the world down under. I just made a interesting observation that the drummer I am playing with digs Marcus Miller a great deal, but when I played Jaco Pastorius he wasnt that impressed. When I told him this is the worlds best bassist that ever lived he looked at me as if I was making a joke. Is it true with you that sometimes drummers and bassist do not appreciate the older cats as we should for their originality and contributions especially we younger ones. We tend to get caught in technique and star licks and not trying to find our own sound. When I started out Marcus was a great influence because that was all I was listening to and not knowing much about history of the bass I thought this guy has to be the best there is. To my surprise I found out that Larry Graham was the Godfather of the slap groove and everything made sense. Today I have a great respect for Jaco, Mingus, Ray Brown and Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Francis Rocco Prestia, Milt Hinton and of course Stanley Clarke. When I listen to guys like John Patituci, Vic Wooten, Nathan East, Marcus Miller and Jimmy Haslip among others I can there is a lot of similarities with the older bassist before them.