You’re playing bass on a gig and you’ve been playing behind the sax, guitar, trumpet solos all night long. Now it’s your turn to solo and what happens next. The drummer gets off the ride and goes back to the 40s with a back beat on the high hat, a couple of the horn players start gossiping, the guitarist is meandering around waiting to see if the pianist will start playing but he or she continues to doodle on the ivories. Your saying to yourself, I’ve been up here comping behind your hundred choruses of soloing all night, keeping the time together with the drummer because it’s my job as the rhythm section player and now when it’s my turn to take a solo im not getting any support whatsoever.
Well, it happens to many bassist’s and it’s not because they don’t have the technical prowess to throw down a strong solo, but often its because the other musicians don’t know what to do when there’s a bass solo.
If this has happened to you, what positive suggestions and sound examples on how to accompany a bass solo would you like to contribute?