Originally Posted by Steamer
Understood. What I do is try to first hear the cycle of beats then the "clave" as the say in latin music which in this case is coming from the bass players line then understand the time signature and feel based off that subdivision. Dave Holland is the absolute master of this method of feeling and understanding odd time feels and no matter how out it gets you always hear the internal rhythmic cycle or "clave" and never get lost.
Could you explain that a bit more? I still don't quite understand how to determine if it's the quarter note or the eight note that gets the beat.