Listening is a big deal, obvious yet listening to each other is rare. If I start to imitate anyone in the band, in a subtle way, like what the drummer is doing on the ride, or the rhythm of the bass player – they will start to jerk their heads like dogs trying to pin point the whereabouts of a hiding bird. When they locate who’s doing it (me) they smile because we will have this in common now.
With singers it’s the same but opposite. It’s not playing where they are singing. Singer’s realize you gave them room to be heard or another way, showing how good you can play during most of their part ruins their space and they hear how you’re listening only to yourself.