To my mind, memory is the single most important skill in music. Musical memory. The more accurate and easily accessed musical memory is the greater degree of musicianship is attained. Itís absolutely a direct relationship I believe.
Bill Frisell said the same thing in a workshop recently - and I'm with this 100%
And as my own memory becomes a bit like an worn old archtop - (warm and mellow but with ever decreasing sustain)
- I become more interested in processes which promote presence of mind.