I had a rehearsal with a jazz quartet tonight, but our sax/keys player couldn't make it, so it was just bass/drums/trumpet. We were pretty tired, and a bit bummed out, and generally not playing as well as usual. So we're playing My Funny Valentine, and it comes to my solo. My fingers were getting a bit sore, so I figured "what the hell, I'll try and pull off an arco solo." When I got to the turnaround, the drummer was like "Yo man. I don't know what you just did. But I liked it." That moment made the night of disappointment feel worth it. It was kind of a weird feeling though. I actually had better tone while playing my solo than I usually do when I'm playing with a pit band or concert band. And although I had to devote some thought to what I was doing with in the bow, I found that it really helped me find more natural phrasing. On the whole, it was pretty awesome. I've never tried playing an arco solo with the combo before, and it's been a long time since I've gotten such a good response to a solo. I think I'm gonna pull out the bow again when we record next weekend. And hopefully I won't choke. The moral of my story? There isn't one.