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What is jazz? It, It’s almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It’s a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit…
We played it as long as we could play it on that CD and I think it might be 50 minutes, maybe. What you have…
There’s a certain kind of motion and pacing that our music has, and this just doesn’t have that. We just kind of rushed to the…
The whole point is, give me a break with the standards. You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record and they want…
The lion’s share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the…
The biggest problem with American music right now, is that kids don’t listen. They come by it honestly, Americans don’t listen anyway. When people go…
One of the things that’s clear to me from interviews that I’ve read is that the more popular successful jazz musicians had audiences above and…
One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for…
My dad was a musician, it was just what he did, like another guy’s dad drives a meat truck. Our house was normal. We weren’t…
If you’re going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If you’re going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation…
Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene. And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was that…
I suspect that we might actually start selling some records with these artists in about 10 years. Some the people who invested, they’re a little…
When you’re dealing with music without words, titles are more a means of identification than anything else. What’s the point of getting lofty?
You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don’t.
Pop doesn’t really look back. It can’t. What makes pop work is simplicity.
That’s kind of like how jazz is sometimes. You’re out there predicting the future, and no one believes you.
It’s something that jazz has gotten away from, and it’s unfortunate. Players aren’t physical anymore.
Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons, but the overviews are always too simplistic.
If it’s not going to sound like Terrapin Station, what’s the point of playing Terrapin Station?
It’s hard to get into Newsweek because, as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus, if there’s no buzz, there’s no…
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