How important is technical knowledge?

I was reading an email from Michael Lake that suggested that “[t]here’s so much educational emphasis on memorizing and parroting the ‘right’ notes that players aren’t developing their ears for deeper listening.”

In an interesting Q and A with drummer Lenny White, he asks about what direction, if any, Miles [Davis] gave him during the recording sessions for Bitches Brew." It was White’s first professional recording when he was 19 years old. Interesting! :musical_keyboard: