I have this problem where I struggle to play a good solo unless the drummer is playing a certain way. I'm not sure what bothers me, but I think it's the tendency for drummers to play too busy. What I am sure of is what sounds good to me, and what will make it easier for me to keep my time straight. I can give a few examples of recordings where I TOTALLY dig what the drummer is doing behind a bass solo. The two that really stand out in my memory are these: Paul Chambers' solo on "It's a Blue World," recorded with the Red Garland Trio All of Red Mitchell's solos on his CD "Presenting Red Mitchell" Also, one of the guys I've been playing with lately is very easy to solo over. He's the one playing in the recording I posted in this thread: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208738 Anyway, I am so perplexed because I don't know what I hear, for example, in Billy Higgins' playing on the Red Mitchell stuff. But I know that I love it and I have a feeling that it would be really easy to connect with a player like Higgins in terms of time. Any guesses what it is that attracts me to the kind of drum playing I've referenced? I hope it's just the simplicity of the time they are keeping. But there's something else in common between all the tracks... brushes. Is it possible I just prefer when a drummer plays with brushes? That would seem to be an odd preference. At any rate, even if I do find out what it is that I want from a drummer, how can I ask someone to play more in that style without offending him/her? I sometimes ask pianists to keep their comping voicings fairly simple while I solo, and some of them get a little irked at the suggestion. It's a complicated situation but a lot of the time I feel like drummers I play with are just making it harder for me, rather than easier.