So I've been paying super close attention to my drummer over the past several months and I've begun to notice that my ability to lock in with my drummer when he does fills could be better; more specifically when he does jazzy styled fills.
He's told me that what he likes to do when he does fills is give his beat a different time signature on top of what our band is playing. So if we're playing in 4/4, he'll change his beat around and do the fill in something like 3/4, 5/4, 7/8, etc... He always maintains his ability to come back into the original beat no problem, so I know he's not BSing
Now what I've found is that his change in rhythm will often affect how my part sounds on top of it. Sometimes it works, but sometimes if I am trying to do my own fill in 4/4 it comes out sounding awkward as we both are trying to emphasis different beats in the bar.
I'm just curious if this is something jazz cats deal with on a regular basis and if there is a good method to dealing with this sort of thing. Hopefully my question makes sense, as I know my ability to explain it is hard to ask without specific examples. And for the record, whenever we play in the same time signature as each other we never have issues. This really only happens when he does these jazzy sorts of fills.