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.
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.
In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
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.
This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear
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
A very talented player and all around excellent musician. I love hearing his records on radio!
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
When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
Actually, when I was very young, first starting to play, I think I probably listened more to clarinet players than to saxophones.
Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.
Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.
When [Billy] Strayhorn came on the scene, he just blew us away.
I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.
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