What I came back to is that jazz is a music to be played and not to be intellectualized on.
Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.
It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.
Life on the road is murder. It's as though life begins and ends when you have your horn in your mouth.
Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear
You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it
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 all the time
Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.
When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
When [Billy] Strayhorn came on the scene, he just blew us away.
A very talented player and all around excellent musician. I love hearing his records on radio!
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing
New York is still where I live most of the time.
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
I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.
The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing
I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.
You start way down on a low B flat on the tuba and you have a chromatic scale; you can match the colours all the way up, till you get to the top of the trumpet.
People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy
Actually, when I was very young, first starting to play, I think I probably listened more to clarinet players than to saxophones.
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 two or three saxophones
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