I saw Jon Faddis' quartet in Hartford tonight at a free concert (huzzah!). It was him on trumpet, Todd Coolman on bass, Renee Rosnes on piano (wow, wow, wow, by the way), and some drummer whose name I cannot recall. From what I could see, Coolman was playing his French bass with a Realist pickup, into a WW head, into a 1x8 cabinet by EA (it must have been the VL108). His sound was good, but I think a larger speaker enclosure would have done him a bit better for the venue. I do not think he was running into the PA, since he and Renee got stuck in horrendous traffic and were a bit late to the concert (there was some awful accident on I-91). Anyway, Coolman strikes me as a guy who knows how to stay relaxed and keep his head in the game. He never missed a single thing, even when Faddis kept telling the rest of the group complex last-minute instructions during pieces. Todd Coolman also seems like a good old selfless bass player -- he took few solos and didn't have any annoying thirst for recognition. I like to hear a guy who performs his role and contributes to the entire ensemble. Does he have great chops? Hell yes. But he knows when to hold back, and I think a lot of the best players could even learn something from that. Is Todd Coolman a bassist with which people here are familiar? If not I highly recommend you check out some of his recordings. edit: I just have to praise Renee Rosnes one more time. She's absolutely fantastic, although she always looks like she is trying to squeeze out a painful dump when she's on stage. If she learned how to smile it would make watching her much more enjoyable.