Quote Mike Stranks:
Well, yes, if you've got a band/group that's:
* of a very high standard musically and
* actually listens to the other members and
* knows enough sonically to know what to do to 'blend' and
* is willing to sacrifice "my sound" for the greater good of the whole band
* working with a strong leader who's respected enough by the others to change their method/style etc to achieve this blending.
These aren't advanced techniques. Just basic necessities for playing in a group. Are you suggesting any musician SHOULDN'T play a part that fits? It's their job to play coherent music, yours to (a) assist them in hearing what's going on and (b) deliver it to the audience. It's a completely different job to producing a multitracked recording.