I'm not sure how to start this discussion or if 'freebop' is even the best heading as I know that it brings to mind a specific movement in jazz history. I've listening a bunch of stuff lately that is a bit more free harmonically but still rhythmic and have been starting to think more about form and harmonic structure of tunes (or lack thereof) both in my own writing and in playing standards or tunes written by others. I did a gig Friday at a wine bar where we did all pretty straight standards but let things 'free up' in the solo sections both in terms of harmony and form in the spirit of Pilc (though it was a sax, bass, drums trio). I've done this plenty in a free jazz setting but it was interesting to do it on a standards gig. It has often seemed almost taboo to go there cats not on the same page look at you like you are from Mars if you even suggest it. It really seemed to make everyone that much more present in this instance. Who has experimented with doing this? How do you approach it? Am I nuts? I've been doing this stuff for years in 'freebop' sort of settings and feel like I am pretty good at it but mixing it with doing standards is newer to me. Anyway. Thoughts?