so i finally sorted out my bass player problem.  in the end i chickened out of telling him he wasn't up to the job and told him that i wanted to end the trio as we aren't gigging that much and that i wanted to spend the time working towards improving my playing.

this isn't exactly a lie as i am starting to get really pissed off with doing shitty background music gigs and functions.  the final trio gig was last sunday in a pub.  they had billed it as a 'jazz lunch' except they asked  us to set up in the bar area which is invisible from the restaurant area.  as if this wasn't silly enough, between us and the 'jazz diners' was a group of regulars shouting at a football game on the tv.  the management concession to our performance was to allow us to turn the sound down on the nearest tv.  we played very quietly, to nobody at all for three hours and it was no fun at all. i try to look at these gigs as paid practice but the truth is, i can't concentrate in these kind of situations and i don't enjoy playing in that way.

as a result i've decided that although i'll still do the crap gigs as a 'hired gun' in scratch bands, i'm going to go for 'listening' gigs only with my own group and i think that to do this,  i'm going to need a really good recording so i want the music to be so well rehearsed that it will play itself in the studio and keep the costs down!

anyways, i figured that by the time i find a new bass player, write a load of tunes to replace the old bass players' numbers and get a good recording done, it won't seem like he's been directly replaced.

i feel better that it's sorted but a little perturbed at my cowardice.  still, why upset people if you don't need to?

just thought you might like to know how it worked out.  thanks for all your earlier sympathy and advice.

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