What I came back to is that jazz is a music to be played and not to be intellectualized on.
It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.
Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.
In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear
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!
So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone
Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
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
New York is still where I live most of the time.
The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
Life on the road is murder. It's as though life begins and ends when you have your horn in your mouth.
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
You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it
The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don't have much point in the orchestra
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing
People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy
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.
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
Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.
Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.
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