This is something I struggle with from time to time, so I'm wondering if anyone has any general advice, and if possible, some good examples of good slow bass solos over fast tunes, as I'd like some ideas to transcribe and study. My reason for asking for this is I often get asked to solo over tunes like St Thomas at ridiculous speeds, and I just don't have the ability to keep up at that speed, or the vocabulary to deal with it appropriately in a slow and tasteful way. I usually either revert to something close to the melody - ie the melody with some chops thrown in - or I start fumbling around with 8th / 16th notes and make a mess. Either way I know I need to work on it. Generally, my impression is that during bass solos on jazz recordings, a lot of the time the solos will start out slow but that often just serves as an introduction to fast virtuoso-style 16th note soloing, even on crazy fast tunes. Are there any good examples that avoid this, but are still considered to be great solos? I'm working on speed and technique a lot but in the meantime I have tunes to get through and I don't want to be the one in the band who says 'no solo for me thanks' whenever a fast tune is called. I'm ok with 'normal' solos on tunes up to about 180bpm, but after that I find things tricky and feel like I need a different approach to get through it. Or taking a tune like Footprints - I feel like the Wayne Shorter 'slow' version needs a completely different approach to the Miles 'fast' version, I can't just pull out a similar idea but play it faster, it doesn't work. So this is where I could use some help / advice. Hope this makes sense! Thanks.