I've been on this kick - program? - for the past 6 months or so. After I feel I've really learned a tune in the common ways it's usually done, I look for ways to make it more interesting, freshen it up, reinterpret it. I came to that realization when I was working on Dolphin Dance. I was happy with the way I played the melody, bass lines, and soloed but then all I had was a nice homage to the original recording - a competent cover. Now I don't feel as though I can put a tune down until I've come up with something new to do with it, and that "new" thing can't take more than a few words on a gig to make happen - I don't want to write out arrangements, in general, anyway. One of the tunes I've been working on is Blue Bossa. A tune I've played for years, but the past few months I got the melody arco at the nut and octave and focused on soloing for multiple choruses and trying to make that engaging. Okay, so now I feel I can hold my own if someone calls the tune and expects to play it in the traditional swinging Latin feel. To do something more interesting with it, I've experimented with a bunch of different things but the 3 that work, IMO, is 1) to play it as swing ballad, about 90 bpm instead of the typical 140 bpm. That feel transforms the melody and my solo. 2) a less dramatic change is to play it as a straight 8ths tune ala Pat Metheny at around the original tempo. Finally, the last, perhaps most drastic idea is to make it modal - Cm to Db to Cm, straight 8ths. I'll admit, it took me a while to appreciate the melody against the modal changes and I'm sure there are people who will absolutely hate it, but I've come to like it, particularly soloing against that form. It continues to surprise me how much the groove and tempo of the tune change my solos. For intros, outros and interludes, the 16 bar form is short enough so that the entire form is one possibility. Playing the form without melody for a chorus is a nice breather, IMO. So, now, if I'm the BL and I'm playing with experienced players, and I can just say "Let's do it as a ballad" or "Let's do it straight 8ths" and after a little trepidation, I'd expect it to settle in and be fun. The modal version, I'd probably pass out a chart at least first, and I'd expect some pretty strong resistance from some players, in which case, I'd just drop the idea with them.