Hey guys I love this forum, I check it very regularly and I've recently thought of this question. What are the main abilities of the top players in this jazz era? I've realized that very good players are aware and capable of so much in music and that's what makes them so good. I'm just wondering what everyone here thinks are the main abilities that you would have going into the heavy world of jazz. So that I/we can work on them and have a larger goal in mind and develop more exercises to get me/us up to that level of playing.
Some ovbious areas are time keeping/improvising and having ideas to use on tunes/technichal ability etc etc.
i feel like in all the areas, there are lots of sub categories. eg. time keeping- playing infront of the beat and behind the beat.
Maybe this could be a good page with lots of ideas of things to practice and work towards.