Our school jazz band is going to be playing with a guest at our next concert in a week. His name is Mark Colby. He plays tenor sax. He is a total badass. That said, I noticed something about his playing, and about guys that get to be as good as him in general. When these guys get up to solo, it is like they completely disregard the style, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, etc of the song. They just get up and start spewing out notes. Granted, they are in the right chord, etc., but there is absolutely no rhythm to their solos whatsoever. It also seems like they don't pay attention to the style of the piece. Here's an example: One of the songs that Mark is playing with us is called "Cherry Point". It's a laid back blues at about 95 bpm. Midway through the song, he steps up for his solo and just starts tearing it up as if he was playing to some swing piece at 205. I couldn't even listen to the solo because he would throw me off beat. It was simply dreadful. Sure, it was an incredible display of chops, but I don't care how good your chops are if you can't groove. I have no tolerance for music that doesn't groove. Even when I see big bands play live on uptempo swing songs where 16th note triplets are not out of the ordinary, almost every soloist I see is completely out of the rhythm. Perhaps they are trying to be edgy and play in front of or behind the beat, but it just ends up sounding like crap, to me, at least. I think that these guys are just so full of their technical abilities that they forget that the solo is for the audience's listening pleasure, not a contest to see how many notes you can play in 24 bars or how technical and complicated you can make your solo. I don't even really mind people showing off chops in their solos, but for the love of god at least play in time. Anyone agree with me on this?