Gary, in the Rory and the Toots version of things, there are a lot of notes, but it's about a whole lot more than speed. It's repetitive steps playing variations on a lead line within the boundaries of the structure....playing off the chords with compatible notes.
Toots plays so far behind the note that he sometimes risks "stepping on" the following one. BRILLIANT!
Again, we're talking musicianship vs. entertainment.
But, wherever each of us is coming from, you have to appreciate the raw talent, skill, knowledge and pure brilliance of guys like Toots, Tommy and our friend Rory.
I sure do!