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People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don’t understand about that nonsense. It’s like, all instruments are there to use…
Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the ‘twenties the tradition was…
In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it’s the kind of accidental thing that awareness of…
When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.
When we’ve finished the current tour I’m going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.
Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.
The recording industry has changed; they’re enjoying such incredible success in the pop field.
The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don’t have much point in the orchestra.
So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.
The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
New York is still where I live most of the time.
Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra.
Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
If you’ve only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.
I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.
I’ve appeared on some other people’s albums.
Eliminating the piano means that I’ve always worked closer with the bass than most players.
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