Just wanting to take a poll and see how people are thinking when they play; harmonically and rhythmically, time, feel, etc. I guess if you break it down, some people are theorists (play and improvising using theory knowledge), some are aural, and some are lick-based players. Right now I lean towards the ear side of things, although I am trying to combine all three to become a more well-rounded musician. Anyways...
Question: What is the importance of being able to understand how another musician thinks? Right now I am preparing for my 3rd year recital and I have a large chunk of players to choose from. As I sift through I am looking at each musician, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they think and understand music. To me those things will detirmine how fit they are for specific tunes on the recital. As of recent I have been really shocked by the amount of music students in my school who seem to lack the ability(or just don't care) to evaluate these things in other musicians before choosing them for a particular gig.
Example: I have a sax playing friend that is a fantastic soloist when performing a more diatonic piece (Someday my Prince for example) because he is great with his ears. Throw him a more complicated piece and he needs quite a bit of time to work it through, may not ever get through it at all because he lacks the theory end of things.
Does this make sense to anyone?