I'm taking a jazz history course and was asked to bring my bass and play today. We wanted to keep things simple so we just stuck to the blues--first in a '30s small-group swing style, and then in a bop style. The drummer was the professor. I think he was a professional in an earlier life--I've never played with anybody that good in my entire life. His style is somewhere between Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, and since we were playing at a pretty fast tempo, I pretty much got my ass handed to me on a silver platter. I never thought I'd get lost playing on 12-bar blues changes, but I sure learned a valuable lesson about not always leaning on the drummer.