I had a great weekend, recording the legendary bassist Chuck Rainey. We went to dinner after the session and he talked about some of the records he's played on. I saw him use elements of diffrent styles in his playing that i've never seen before. He played my 9 sting bass for a while, and apprieciated where the bass is headed. I've been teased by insecure musicians for sounding like a guitarist. I took offense to that for years, but when the most recorded bassist of our time embraced the future as a challenge and not a threat, It all made sense. I'm a lucky man....because i'm in love with music. I'm a lucky man because I have much to learn.And I'm a lucky man because I know what I want the bass to sound like. I still do record dates with my 4 string Fender Jazz , because it's the right instrument for the song. I get up early in the morning and read some of the post, and I can tell that a lot of you love your instruments as well as the bass as the foundation instrument. I would love to know ,what is your definition of a bassist? Because of ERB's, will the definition change? Will bassist be expected to take on a greater harmonic responsibility? Should a bassist seeking greater melodic freedom learn to play another instrument? Does the bass have more than 1 role? I am hearing music ,that i've chased as a child , still eluding me in my head. My instrument grew because i've gotten closer to my melodic foe. I wonder still...................Am I still a bassist? Or am I just a musician?