A lot of musicians have a tough time hearing what we're doing in a trio format.
If youre going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If youre going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation thats based on the tradition of those standards, but is trying to move away from it, youre down to about 10 people or so.
I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album. That makes no sense.
There's not one Tin Pan Alley song on my record.
One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else.
You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don't.
There is not a sentence in the world that could respectfully do justice to the life and music of Jerry Garcia.
When you're dealing with music without words, titles are more a means of identification than anything else. What's the point of getting lofty?
The piano is the X factor. People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there, spelling it out. It makes it more easily understood, particularly to people who don't know as much about music.
I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.
It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.
We played it as long as we could play it on that CD and I think it might be 50 minutes, maybe. What you have to do is play a couple of songs and then get off the stage because everything that trails it sounds stupid.
My dad was a musician, it was just what he did, like another guy's dad drives a meat truck. Our house was normal. We weren't taken with the fact our dad was a musician.
It's hard to get into Newsweek because, as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus, if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
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