I spent yesterday listening to the tune and imagining myself recording it tonight. Kind of poetic that way, since it's called Memories of Tomorrow. When I got home this evening I cranked out a recording the first chance I got. This here is the 2nd take. It may not be all that improvisational but it actually sounds listenable to my ears, unlike my sub-par submissions for the previous week's assignments.
I am definitely learning some theory-oriented approaches from this class and getting a glimpse into the mindset of a jazz improviser - an area where I was completely ignorant beforehand. Jazz is first and foremost an aural tradition, but gaining an understanding of the technique behind certain strategies of soloing can't hurt.
This is the video I listened to to get an idea of what Memories of Tomorrow sounds like:
It's a good sounding tune!