Wednesday night my big band played our monthly gig at a local restaurant. In the course of the show we did the Buddy Rich/Sammy Davis arrangement of "Come Back to Me," which moves along at a rapid clip. We hadn't played the chart in probably a year, and didn't rehearse it before the gig, but our fearless leader believes the band and singer own the chart, so wasn't nervous about it. It starts with a solo that Buddy did on hihat and I try to emulate. John just points at me and says something like, "Go ahead, Paul," and off we go. So Wednesday the bass player's wife recorded audio on her phone, and Chris clocked us at 310 bpm. I didn't intend to kick it off that fast, but it didn't bother the band at all. Sometimes I'll get comments from the band about the speed of a tune, but nobody said a word, and it went off without a hitch. We had several charts that night that we do at 250 or more, and speed is rarely an issue. I can remember times in the past when high speed songs were a real challenge for the band, but now they're just music, and the more we play fast the easier it becomes.