This is partial rant, partial needing advice on how to deal with this situation. I joined a reputable (regionally) trio in March, was just floored and extremely fortunate (OK, I can play some) to get this gig. Anyway, the guitar player is the originator of the band and has had several different rhythm sections over the last ten years. The drummer he/we have now is not fancy but usually very solid, and that's the way the GP wants it. As I have learned the material, we have gotten tighter and tighter and, on some nights, we downright groove and it sounds very good to me. Other nights though (might just be a set or a few tunes)I am having a hard time because its my feeling that the drummer either starts the song too fast (GP counts off the tempo, but dr still starts too fast)or it speeds up. I notice this immediately and try to play very simply and dig in a bit to emphasize my time and I listen to the GP, as he has a great sense of time. Our tunes 'breathe' and have a camber that makes them very funky, gives them a real old school blues vibe. the GP has told me in a professional way that he thinks I am 'pushing' the groove, not quite in the pocket. This happens when I think I am trying to slow the drummer down. GP and I discussed it briefly at the gig on Thursday I told him what I thought. It's not causing a big problem yet, but could if we don't get it fixed soon. I suppose I could be the problem, but I have been working hard with the grooves (have recorded versions) and my time has been good in the past. Anybody experience this and have some suggestions? Thanks!