SKF NOTE: Somewhere — among my magazines, I think — there is a John Coltrane interview in which Coltrane’s how-to-listen-to-albums idea helps my ear training and gives me great joy. Maybe it will do the same for you.
John Coltrane told his interviewer if you really want to hear an album, listen to it once for each musician on the album so “you can hear what each man is doing.”
For example, the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall album. Listen to it once focusing on Thelonious Monk, even when he’s comping behind a soloist, even when he’s laying out. Focus on when Monk is playing, when he is not playing, and on what he’s playing.
I can’t remember if Coltrane also told the interviewer to listen to albums once focusing on the whole band. I think he did.
Happy New Listening!
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