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.
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
Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
New York is still where I live most of the time.
So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone
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
The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.
I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.
Life on the road is murder. It's as though life begins and ends when you have your horn in your mouth.
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
People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy
The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying such incredible success in the pop field
Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra
When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins
I would think, of all the saxophones, the baritone would be the most logical instrument if anybody was adding a voice to the symphony orchestra.
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing
Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.
I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.
I've appeared on some other people's albums.
If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.
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