Although I play bass, this post is written while wearing my drummer/percussionist hat. I wanted to share my view as a drummer of how much a great bass player is appreciated. I'm involved in several different music projects these days with various musicians. All are solid and professional, but some are just easier to work with and make the music just feel right. Several years ago I started working with a bassist in an acoustic trio project. (I'll call him Mike, because that's his name. lol) We had two different front men, he and I worked really well together no matter who was in front. We recorded a CD together and had a great time playing with that band. Eventually it got to be too busy for him as he has two small children and he can only play out so much. He dropped out of that project with no hard feelings, we understood. We used several other bass players later, but nobody filled the role as well. I still am in that project, now as a duo. I play hand percussion most of the time and play bass on a few songs. It works. A year ago Mike called me as the band of a friend of his lost their drummer right before a gig, I filled in and ended up joining the band. I appreciated the call, it was great to hear from him again. A couple of moths ago Mike called me again. He was putting together another project, this time pop tunes and standards. He said that when he and the guitarist talked about drummers, my name came up. Cool. It took a while to find the singer and get the ball rolling. A couple of nights ago we had our first full band practice, and man it sounded good. The guitarist is decent and the singer is dynamite. But what really struck me is how solid Mike is as a bassist. We were playing tunes together that neither of us had done before, or we have not done in ages. Every song was so solid and tight right out of the box, the first time through. He and I work together like we are joined at the hip musically. This is the first time that he and I have worked together with me playing drums instead of hand percussion. I play with a bunch of different bassists, but Mike just makes it so freaking easy to sound good. Wow. And yes, he is a TB member, but I won't identify him.