Hey all. Maybe some of the jazz guys here can give me some advice. I find myself playing a lot with one drummer, in several groups around town. I get along with him well and he's into a lot of the same music that I am. In fact, I often give him things to listen to. When I gave him Bill Evans' Village Vanguard recordings, he listened to them nonstop for a month or so. Recently, he's been a lot 'busier' than he had been before. It's cool with me that he's trying to comp instead of just playing time, but recently its been getting on my nerves. It used to just be during my solos... I'd play something, and suddenly it would come back at me, usually through heavy bass drum kicks that aren't quite in time. It's gotten so bad in the past week that sometimes I will just stop playing in the middle of a chorus and wait for him to give me some space. Today we were playing 'Lush Life' with a pianist. The pianist was doing incredibly gentle, laid back things with the tune and it would've felt great, except that when it needed to breath there was all kinds of thumping and stuttering from the drums. Now, don't get me wrong, I want him to play out, and I want him to interact with the other people playing, including me when I solo. How can I tell this guy how frusterated I am without, say, pissing him off to the point where he plays four on the floor all the time, or where he's so conservative that he begins to resemble a drum machine? P.S. He's also laying on the back side of the beat in our big band. With all those nasty horn players I feel like I'm pulling a sledge.