lately i've been working with garageband (though any midi program should suffice) making drum and bass backing tracks to various standards a la aebersold et al, and it's great!  the flexibility is incredible -- you can change tempo, key, dynamics, length etc of the tracks at will to keep you on your toes; stella in bb at a medium swing gettin too comfortable?  drop it to gb and up it 30bpm!  super easy.  you can create your own playlists, make loops of smaller passages for practice, etc etc etc.  plus the sounds aren't half bad, and it's great practice coming up with authentic sounding bass and drum parts.  

anywho, maybe folks have already been on this for a while, but just thought i'd share.  cheers,
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i've been doing that on my korg sequencer. it can be a bit time consuming putting in all the bass lines myself, but as you said the flexibility is worth it.
an awesome free program that can be used for this purpose is impro-visor.  google it!
i have a boss jam station,i just punch in chords and song is ready in 5 minutes and great thing is that besides key and tempo i can also change the style with push of button,so stella can go swing,mambo,bossa,reggae hard bop etc.sounds ok,great for practice and some less serious gigs
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