Right on, brother, high five! What was your path to appreciating "the Jaco sound" (either through Jaco or other bassists he has influenced)? For me it was, Hearing Bakithi Kumalo's fretless playing on Paul Simon's Graceland album and asking myself "what is that SOUND??" Bought a fretted bass and started learning how to play. But why doesn't MY bass sound like that? Heard another kid in school playing his fretless Jazz bass. That's the sound! Can I try your bass? That's weird, no frets! Bought my own fretless bass, P bass with flats. Close but not quite. Bass teacher loans me a copy of Jaco Pastorius Invitation. YES!! NOW I GET IT!!! practice, practice, practice What about you all?