James, the album you mentioned by Larry Young isn’t really representative of his more important work (at least in my opinion). Check out the earlier African Blues (1961), Into Somethin’ (1964), and Unity (1965). His approach is a bit more traditional, more modal, and has more to do with the great theory lessons on offer here. By the way, there’s apparently a recording of him jamming with Jimi Hendrix.
As to my playing, it’s getting there slowly, but surely. Instead of playing simply by ear and pounding stuff out, I’m trying to learn what I’m doing this go-round. But it’s all fun regardless.