I got a chance to listen to and watch Thelonious Monk and his quartet play two shows a night, for six weeks. It was a great education. There was my university, man.
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Without a doubt, my richest relationships are my long-term friendships with musical partners, because we make music together. That’s what we love to do with our lives.
The fact that an artist is experiencing the joy of creation makes me feel like we’re in it together.
I call myself a teacher because they want me to call myself a teacher, but actually, what I’m doing is I’m studying.
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Jazz Improvisation means that practice is not as straightforward as it would be when you simply have a score to play.
[Stratocaster vs Les Paul] It’s a totally different animal. One is for very subtle and, I would say, more musical things that you can distract and abuse. You can’t do that with a Les Paul. It’s too delicate. It’s got a very delicate tone; most people don’t ever realize that because they are plugged into monstrous amplifiers which completely, instantaneously covers up the unique sound quality it has. All those years of development go straight out the window when you overload the amp.
The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.
Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.
Even when you write it, someone’s got to play it. So if you can play it and bypass all the rest of the things, you’re still doing as great as someone that has spent forty years trying to find out how to do that. I’m really pro-human beings, pro-expression of everything.
I don’t have a favorite song that I’ve written. But I do have a favorite song: ‘Always on My Mind,’ the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing it every night. I like the story it tells.