I've been getting really into the whole "comping for yourself" thing, a la Lenny Breau, Kurt, Kreisberg, etc. It's really an amazing thing, particularly in a trio context, and seems like sort of a relatively new development in the jazz guitar world. I've been working on it for the past year or so, and it's definitely a very physically challenging technique; requires, seemingly, a lot of forethought during your lines. And clearly a good understanding of the fingerboard and what voicings you can grab.
I spoke with Kurt briefly about it after a Standards Trio show a couple weeks ago and he told me that he's improvising the chords that he plays. That was a bit inspiring and discouraging, if you know what I mean.
Anybody have any ideas or tips or insights on how to dig into this a bit more? I'm getting a sense that really the answer is just: "shed". But any additional thoughts would be cool, and much appreciated. Thanks guys.