I just thought of an idea.
Since the JABB drums will be meticulously controlled, they probably won't conform to any particular GM standard, which means we can't use MIDI loops or loop-creation software (slicydrummer, BIAB, jammer, etc.). This is for the best, as it sounds like the JABB drums' expressive potential is far greater than any of these things could provide.
My idea was that we users could set up a forum where we could stockpile drum patterns, beats, fills, etc. in a variety of styles. That is, we compose and program these loops (with variations, etc.) and organize them by style, era, tempo, etc. for all to download freely. This way we don't have to slow down our composing to tediusly lay down a drum track (a task that would put a halt to even some great composers). We can just download a "Slow Ballad with Stirs, 4/4," or "Uptempo Stevie Wonder funky hi-hat groove in 6/8" and compose around that or alter it to our needs. Then when we've composed the piece, we can go back and tweak the drums to match our needs a bit more specifically.
Come to think of it, we could do this with the whole rhythm section. A stockpile of basslines and walking bass patterns over various chords and progressions. Guitar and Piano comping patterns in various voicings and rhythms, afro-cuban montunos, endings, etc.
Any rhythm players or composers with rhythm chops interested in contributing? I'm a mediocre player on all these instruments, but I know enough about them to program some grooves--I'll be happy to contribute.
Gary, is there a place on your website or on the forum to keep a "Rhythm Section Toolbox?"