I'm playing in a quintet, but also spend a bunch of time jamming with just the guitar player in my band. When we play with the whole band we try to play rootless voicings most of the time, letting the bass fill in the root. I'm wondering if someone out there could give me the scoop on duo playing - is it poor form to play rootless when comping for one other person? Is there a rule of thumb? I'm figuring that the root should probably be in there for duos, but I'm a rookie so I thought I'd ask.
Just having the 3,7 and color in there just doesn't sound right to me without the bass. :?:
I've never heard Django play a note without commitment.