I apologize in advance if this topic has been a thread already, but I couldn't locate it in a search. (Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.) I have seen some experienced pros, even on CDs and DVDs, who seem habitually to slide into a note whether walking or soloing--especially when a jump or shift is involved. Not just for an occasional effect, but habitually. To me, this style of habitual play carries with it the suggestion that either the player lacks confidence in his ability to hit the note in the center right off--or maybe he's just lazy. I know that's not always the case, but it creates that impression in me. (Again, I'm not talking about doing this occasionally for the effect.) On the other hand, I know some pros--notably a local/regional favorite here, Bill Saitta--who seems to hit notes cleanly and dead center, on the fly, even with huge jumps at very fast tempos. I've seen/heard Bill do this consistently for an hour as the featured soloist in a rhythm-section trio at the annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines festival. Is this unusual? Or is my particular experience in listening to players biased, do you think? And what do you guys feel is the best way to practice to achieve this? Or do you just have to be born with an ear like that?