I've been playing with a guy for about 10 years now. He's the guitar player, I'm bass (duh). We have always clicked pretty well and long ago, we were quite good friends. But as of late, things aren't really great. The quick background is, we have played together since we jammed back when we worked at GC together. The drummers have come and gone, but our most recent (as of about 6 years ago?) has been solid and the three of us jive well. We have a lot of musical friends and from time to time, they become band mates. A few keyboardists, a couple sax players, percussion, whatever fits in. In essence, we try to function as a funk band, overall. Couple years back, we pick up a guy on sax and he's a good dude. Younger than us, different sense of humor, but overall, a good guy. However, it became clear that the concept of "FUNK" eluded him. He was good for a melodic jam band kind of thing, but good old fashioned funk wasn't working for him... Fast forward to the last gig we play (at a private party, held by my boss, month and a half ago), my friend the guitarist just starts laying into the sax guy after the show... and people at this party are not out of earshot. He is just berating his abilities and telling him to quit playing in a band and take lessons. I was shocked, and though I knew it was always a bit of an issue, there's a time and place for everything and this was inappropriate. I had been seeing a bit of a change in the guitarists' personality over some time, but this moment really made me question my ability to work with him. I honestly started to dislike him after that. Mix in the fact that the guy claims he wants us to be a funk band, yet every time we play, it ends up (mainly) as some sort of endless jam session. The songs he writes are slow, plodding, chromatic, jazzy guitar masturbation that puts me to sleep. BUT THE SAX GUY ISN'T FUNKY... Currently, the band is down to the three of us and 2 guys who are like manager/producer/percussion guys who come and go as they please (I like them a lot, they are very much like-minded to me). Our keyboardist NEVER shows up for practices, but makes it to the shows and gets paid. He's a phenomenal talent and if he could focus on us, we'd have a great project going... but he's busy with bigger, better bands. So basically, the issue is, the guitarist has our gear at his house and we practice there mainly (drummer's place is alternate). He's sort of the "Leader" of the band, as he's the guy whose house it is. Our jams and covers went from "funky and fun" to "phish-like jamband annoying and slow, painfully lame jazz." I personally would like to tear it down and start fresh with the same people, but part of me feels that the ship has sailed and it's time to accept my fate in this band and ride it out... stay the course and accept that my weekly band thing is what it is and just try to enjoy it... That, or quit. I don't want to do either, really. The three of us have enough talent to pull off whatever we could imagine. Problem is, the lack of imagination. The 2 producer guys have great ideas and could help out tremendously, but their ideas fall on the guitarists' deaf ears and nothing gets accomplished. Anyone else have a similar problem?