what I'm wondering is, did anyone do an in-depth study of strictly the timing in his playing? Been thinking about how would it sound if I studied only this aspect of his playing and use whatever boring notes I'd play and what would be the result? Did anybody ever do that? How did it sound?
Occasionally I did that with some licks but never extensively.
Like today I've been listening to his solo over Honeysuckle Rose (I'm guessing the classic '37 recording) and like a lot of his solos it's a masterpiece in not only the note choices but maybe even more importantly, his timing. Like how he's forming the clusters of phrases and puts them next to each other in context and each one sounds fresh and different and so awesome and together they're exhilarating.
Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel