Ray Brown was THE premier jazz bass player during his career. His work with the Oscar Peterson Trio is often ranked at the top of all bass playing, and his mind-bogglingly myriads of credential include putting in time with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and his wife, Ella Fitzgerald. People often talk about the role of the bass player in music, and hold up people like Entwhistel and McCartney as models. Folks, it ain't nothin' until you heard what Brown does. It is simply divine. Of course, since the world doesn't give two shits about jazz, people don't know or care that a legend passed (July 2). Entwhistle's death, while equally tragic, might have overshadowed it. Brown was recording up to the end. I believe a couple of his albums are on high-res, though I have not had the opportunity to get any of them. While there are a crop of very talented bass players on the scene, I have not heard any have the taste and warmth that Brown had. He will be missed.