I agree, I think Monk's comments meant that if the other musicains in the band have a poor time keeping, from an audience point of view, the drummer could be regarded as a poor time keeper, while the truth is laying with the other band mates, so Monk is saying that by having everybody playing on time, it would make the drummer sound goodGood idea!
If the drummer sounds lame then the band sounds lame. Rushing musicians make us sound like we're lagging - feels bad and sounds bad.
That's pretty much my interpretation of it, given the context in which it was presented. Was just struggling to articulate my thoughts. No need to now, it's been done for me.which leads me to believe he just didn't want clutter, toe stepping, and wanted just all around good time, togetherness
ride the drummers time and flow as one
just my interpretation