This has recently been something I've wondered. My best friend plays Alto, and I know when he's at a gig, or listening to a record, he focuses almost 100% on what the Sax/trumpet/other solo instrument is playing, and pays little attention to the rhythm section and harmony. And so, when you guys, the bassists, listen to jazz, what do you really listen out for? Naturally you'd pay more attention to the bassline, but is that what draws you to the music, and gets you listening to a record over and over again? Do you appreciate the horn solos as much as a horn player might? I think you get my drift. So basically what I'm asking is: What do you appreciate most about jazz music? EDIT: Just realised I screwed up the thread title... Oh well.