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Old 24th January 2018
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To answer the OP's original question, musicians playing together have a tug of war with the tempo.
Especially the drummer and bass player. Most of the time, they are the clock. And these two push and pull at the tempo.
Different phrases are pushed a little or drug a little. To me, these small timing variances are what make up the groove.
Just as the Earth, Wind, and Fire example mentioned above, correct all the timing to be exact and the energy goes away!
I haven't heard the expression in awhile, but New York players were said to play on top of the beat and LA players were said to play laidback, behind the beat.

Denny

Last edited by dfchandler; 24th January 2018 at 07:15 AM.. Reason: editing