I get calls fairly often for casual dates without any drummer on the gig, and I lead a trio that often works without a drummer. These are straight-ahead standards gigs. I've noticed a tendency in BL's to call tunes at tempos faster than they can solo on them. They do well enough on the head, but as soon as the solos begin, things begin to drag, and I'm working very hard to keep the tempo from dropping. Sometimes the tempo lags in spite of my best efforts. Sometimes it sounds like I'm constantly rushing, when I'm staying as close as I can manage to the original tempo as it was called. When I'm BL, I try to call the tunes at tempos the players can accommodate, starting with myself. In fact, I prefer not to take solos when there is no drummer, because so few players I can find locally accompany a bass solo in such a way that it works very well. Are there any strategies that anyone has tried that have been effective in this kind of situation?