Monk taught me more about music composition than anyone else on 52nd Street.
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So What or Kind of Blue were done in that era, the right hour, the right day. It’s over; it’s on the record.
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I’m on some singer’s record date for a demo and I get a note to call Miles Davis. Of course, I didn’t believe it, but I wasn’t going to take a chance by not calling, and it was Miles. He said, ‘I’ve got a session in an hour over at Columbia, can you make it’
I was walking down the street, and I saw a sewer digger on his lunch hour open his lunch pail, dig out a harmonica, knock out the cracker crumbs, and play a bunch of tunes on it. I was fascinated by that harmonica, so I stared the guy out of it. I just stared at him. He said, Here, kid, take it. Get out of here.’
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.
Improvising musicians are musical travelers, voyagers. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape.
The saxophone is actually a translation of the human voice, in my conception. All you can do is play melody. No matter how complicated it gets, it’s still a melody.