Has anyone ever had this happen? You jam with someone (or with a band), maybe once, maybe several times, and find out later that you weren't really what they were looking for because they were looking for someone who plays more "simple" lines? In other words, maybe you played too much for their tastes? Most of my experience in recent years has been with jam-oriented bands, whether it be Dead covers, funkified jams, jazz-oriented, etc., and as such, I've had license to inject some pretty free form lines into the music (without going overboard - there is a fine line between just enough and too much), often even allowing me to take some solos. About a year ago, I jammed with a drummer and guitar player who were looking for a bassist (I guess they had gone through several) to play some originals with them. We jammed about 3 times and it sounded pretty good on the whole, but I came to find out that the guitar player said that he was looking for someone whose lines were more simple (and mine were relatively so for this setting - they seemed to fit this guy's music pretty nicely). A couple of months ago, I was talking to a guy whose band was looking for a bassist and he told me straight up that he was looking for someone to just basically sit in the background and supply a basic groove without doing much. This turned me off immediately and I told him no thanks. Okay, after all of this blathering, I guess my point is this: Do you guys find that a lot of guitarists, keyboard players, etc., who write their own stuff, basically want the bass to be a sort of "background groove"? I mean, I know that restraint and tasteful lines can mean everything and I am a firm believer in playing lines that fit the music, but I also believe that a bassist can often do more to shape a song than simply sit in the back and play mild but strict lines in order to provide a bottom end when the music calls for it. What I try to do before jamming with anyone is ask them what they look for in a bassist - do they like someone who simply follows the guitar lines or do they like someone who might improvise a good bit in order to add another dimension (I don't put it that way - that's simply my bass bias coming out)? This usually allows me to adjust my mindset to fit not only the music, but the desires and philosophies of the musicians with whom I'm going to jam.