Not sure if there is a running thread on this topic, so wanted to get one started. As a "blossoming" jazz bassist i am getting more and more opportunities to play with random people on gigs with little to no rehearsal or planning. Think "Real Book" style gigs where are generally playing standards top to bottom with solos in between. The last time i played like this i felt there was some struggle among both myself AND the group to determine where/when certain things might happen, particularly during solo sections. Some examples: -Transitioning to bass(or other) solo: Sometimes the group would miss the cue and keep playing at a fuller volume until they realized it was actually bass solo time and quiet down. I think i do a pretty good job of providing audible cues when my own solo is ENDING(start walking again during last couple of bars) but not sure what i can do to signify it is beginning other than stop walking and start soloing. In the last case the leader would sort of head nod to who is going to solo next, maybe some of the players missed that cue in my direction. Would waiting for the rest of the group to get it together before i start be a bad thing? -Trading on fours and/or giving the drummer a solo: We never seemed to be able to communicate an upcoming trading of the fours. At one point i could tell that half the band was trying to go into it but the rest weren't quite there and it didn't truly pan out. Honestly, i am not sure how that should be communicated mid-tune without talking about it before starting the tune. -Trading on fours and/or giving the drummer a solo(cont'd): Poor drummer really never got a chance to solo the whole gig. Trading fours never happened, plus he never got the nod to play a chorus or two on his own. This also got me thinking if maybe the band just couldn't handle giving the drummer a full chorus and knowing when to come back in. I'm saying this because i know I, myself, would struggle with that were it to happen, especially if i didn't see it coming. Again though, perhaps some audible cues from the drummer would solve this. Outside of the examples above, i mainly just want to know your experiences in how you handle this type of communicating with a group. Do you talk about it beforehand? Do you primarily depend on physical cues during the tune? Do you primarily depend on audible cues and are there any you think any player should recognize? All of the above depending on the group?