What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?
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My dark sound could be heard across a room clearer than somebody with a reedy sound. It had more projection. My sound always seemed to fill a room.
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.
We made records to document ourselves, not to sell a lot of records. I still feel that way. I put out a record because I think it’s beautiful, not necessarily commercial.
You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
As far back as I can remember, singing was in my blood. My parents loved music, and I loved to sing. I was scatting at an early age.
Music should not have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that is required to sound like jazz.
On my album Here, that’s the first time that I’ve really understood how I could put all the things that were happening in the world and in my life and in our lives as just human beings into one body that was just so powerful and really had a perspective. That was an opening for me and I think that naturally, there is just so much to talk about. I don’t see me getting quiet anytime soon.
There are four qualities essential to a great Jazzman: taste, courage, individuality and irreverence. These are the qualities I want to retain in my music.