I would like to hear some opinions. I formed a sort of gypsy jazz/funk, Latin sextet in Korea (guitar, ukulele, bass, trumpet, sax, percussion). My bassist, who has never played jazz manouche, has recently insisted that I play more drop 3 chords and fewer roots, leaving the roots to him, as the sound can get rather bassy and cluttered when we are all playing. I kinda see his point, but at the same time I feel can't really get the chunky jazz manouche pompe sound I want unless I'm playing the Django-style root chords. Also I am not so good at comping on top string chords. What do you all think? Are there some good rootless Django chords I might learn? Should I be open to evolving musically, and sacrifice the pompe (since we have a drummer) or resolve the problem another way? Maybe less percussion on the swing numbers?