Right, just warming up/setting levels at the gig last night and the drummer and I were just playing some swinging stuff.. I'm just ambling (very appoximatley and amateurish ) over a few chords on the bass and he's playing "that jazz feel", the ride, the hat, little up-beat accents on the snare etc... you know what I mean. Now, I'm playing quarter notes with the odd accent, which, generally, makes up the VAST majority of jazz walkin lines, and I can FEEL the swing. I know it's there because I can feel it and a I can hear it... obvioulsy I'm pretty darned far from a 'real' jazz bassist and I'm sure my swing is pretty rudimentary, but nevertheless I can feel it. ...but I'm just playing quarters? So I say to the drummer "how come some players have a problem with swing, we're playing now and I can feel the swing, it's definitley there" To which he replies "yeah, but I'm swinging while you're playing straight quarters.. the drums swing and the bass plays straight" Now,I dont think that's right - even jazz bass playing 4 to the bar swings surley? I can feel the difference, there is still a feel that I cant describe - I'm pushing into the 2 and 4 along with the ride. I was just confused. You dont have to play accents or skips to swing do you? A bass line can swing just playing 4 to the bar, is that right?