When I listen to post-1969 Miles Davis, I can understand what's going on. I suppose this is because there is a large rock influence and I have listened to "rock" for almost as long as I've been alive. I "get" In a Silent Way and think it's one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard. For his material before that, I usually have a problem grasping it. I like what I hear, but I can't understand everything. I liken it to watching the Spanish channel on TV: I can grasp some of what's going on, but the intricacies largely elude me. If I wanted to understand Spanish, I could study a book. I've tried to read some books from our local library in the "How to listen to Jazz" vein, but they usually come across as academic and don't help to deepen my appreciation, which really isn't that surprising. My experiences are fairly the same for other artists. I only started listening to bop jazz in the past few years so it's even hard to to tell what I like versus what I don't. Is there a way to better understand jazz, outside of just listening to alot of it (not a bad thing!)? Classical is more or less the same. I don't understand the language of it. But with jazz I really want to "get it", while with classical I only have a minimal interest at this point in my life.