Whoever has an original thing to say, it is sort of a threat to the status quo.
I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.
It starts with a single sound. If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.
The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.
Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it's only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone.
When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
A jazz musician is a combination orator, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, poet, singer, dancer, diplomat, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer, public masturbator, and general all-round good fellow.
You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.
The saxophone is a very interesting machine, but I'm more interested in music.
The more original something is, the more of a threat it seems until the people catch up with it. That happened with Thelonious Monk. It happened with anybody who is really original.
I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others.
To me, there is spirit in a reed. It's a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It's really an ancient vibration.
Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.
Make the drummer sound good.
Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.
I still love the whole history of Jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with.
Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.
I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly nobody was trying to do anything with it. So I was all alone. I didn't know that at first.
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