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.
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When you begin to teach jazz, the most dangerous thing is that you tend to teach style I had eleven piano students, and I would say eight of them didnt even want to know about chords or anything – they didnt even want to do anything that anybody had ever done, because they didnt want to be imitators. Well, of course, this is pretty naive but nevertheless it does bring to light the fact that if youre going to try to teach jazz you must abstract the principles of music which have nothing to do with style, and this is exceedingly difficult. So there, the teaching of jazz is a very touchy point. It ends up where the jazz player, ultimately, if hes going to be a serious jazz player, teaches himself.
To the person who uses music as a medium for the expression of ideas, feelings, images, or what have you; anything which facilitates this expression is properly his instrument.
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There is a time where you’re beyond yourself, better than your technique, better than your usual ideas.
A chimpanzee could learn what I do physically, but it goes way beyond that. When you play, you play life.
Playing the guitar is like telling the truth – you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie] if you told the truth. You don’t have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don’t have to think about it or worry about it because there it is. It’s you.
Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons, but the overviews are always too simplistic.
The blues comes right back to a person’s feelings, to his daily activities in life. But rich people don’t know nothing about the blues, please believe me.
I came from an era when we didn’t use electronic instruments. The bass wasn’t even amplified. The sound was the sound you got.
My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Its the group sound thats important, even when youre playing a solo. You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. Thats jazz.