I was wondering how accurate are people when they are playing polyrythms with a band? In my experience people tend to rush when they play any kind of polyrythm.. and sometimes people can be in different parts of the beat by the time they are done playing through that it.

I also realized that things inevitably fall apart if you have a drummer that tends to rush, because that tendency becomes even worse playing any polyrhtms.. but its a glorious feeling when the drummers gives you a very strong 1 at the end of it and you are together with them.

I've heard Herbie doing some triplet based polyrhythm and they band seem to be able to come back on 1 even though his playing is not metronomically dead on.. so how much of it is about listening?