I would like to know if there is a reasonable and useful practise strategy to learn how to accompany on the piano with just lead sheets with chord symbols?
The ability to comp chords "live" along with other musicians whilst paying attention to the extensions is extremely difficult for me and if I could hear from anyone who has managed to master this and has some exercises would be great.
To give an example: I play in a Big Band with a rhythm section and 15 others. The brass instruments have set lines to learn, but the piano is mostly comping with open parts for improvisation. The scores are pretty minimal but contain lots of room for interpretation. I would like to be able to use more voicings than those suggested in the scores, but I don't want to go home and study which voices would fit the tune best, because that is taking the musicianship away. I really would like be able to have the voicings already in my toolbox and be able to rattle then out when and as I feel the need. That is what I would like to achieve, but can´t see a strategy. The repertoire is mosly swing and bebop classics - Ellington, Count Basie, Niel Hefti - some Mingus and Bird too.