...who wants me to play 1-2-3-4 all the way through every song. This is interesting: the first situation I've been in where I'm not supposed to think, or improve the feel, or be creative. My regular percussionist has joined me, and for her, the instructions are to strictly adhere to four-on-the-floor. Fortunately, this is a one-time project (not studio, by the way). Does anyone else have thoughts on this? Obviously, I strive to do a professional job, but the pianist could get the same results with a drum machine. My thinking is that it's all about the piano. I've been working my own combo which features two singing sisters, and a lot of effort is put into making the songs work for everybody.