Its performing without any really set basis for the lines and the content as such emotionally or, specifically, musically. And if you sit down and contemplate what youre going to do, and take five hours to write five minutes of music, then its composed music. Therefore I would put it in the classical or serious, whatever you want to call it, written-music category. So theres composed music and theres jazz. And to me anybody that makes music using the process that we are using in Jazz, is playing Jazz.
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I went through a lot of mental pains and anguish about choosing between jazz and classical. I realized that where I functioned was where I should be, and where I functioned was in jazz, so that was it.
I believe in things that are developed through hard work. I always like people who have developed long and hard, especially through introspection and a lot of dedication. I think what they arrive at is usually a much deeper and more beautiful thing than the person who seems to have that ability and fluidity from the beginning. I say this because its a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to.
Im using the insides of sounds to move around in a very subtle way which, I think, ends up being inevitable. I feel its the only solution to that particular problem that I presented myself.
I always like people who have developed long and hard, particularly through introspection and a lot of dedication. I think that what they arrive at is, usually, deeper and more beautiful than the person who seems to have that ability and fluidity from the beginning.
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It could be my British need for discipline that makes me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.
Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn’t have a choice.
A guy is influenced by hundreds of people and things, and all show up in his work. To fasten on any one or two is ridiculous. I will say one thing, though. Lennie Tristanos early records impressed me tremendously. Tunes like Tautology, Marshmallow, and Fishin Around. I heard the fellows in his group building their lines with a design and general structure that was different from anything Id ever heard in jazz.
I have music inside me and I’m very lucky to be able to play music and that’s the way that I try to do it.
Jazz Improvisation means that practice is not as straightforward as it would be when you simply have a score to play.
If the bass plays the root, a pianist superimposes a Maj7 built on the 5th and the sax plays the 13th, will hot women notice?
While many forms of music may use the dynamic of improvisation, Jazz exemplifies the unique characteristic of collective improvisation.