My roots are in my record player.
Improvisation is a compositional method.
Certain kinds of speed, flow, intensity, density of attacks, density of interaction... Music that concentrates on those qualities is, I think, easier achieved by free improvisation between people sharing a common attitude, a common language.
I didn't get where I am today by being timid, young man.
In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were developed in order to test the theory about how long particular elements could be, as parts of so-called free improvisations.
You know, the whole philosophy of ad hoc combinations has its strengths and its weaknesses.
When you add a period of 25 years between the playing and the listening, then the whole question of meaning gets very complicated.
So what starts is ad hoc and you never know where it's going to lead, so it's important to keep an open mind about those things.
I've never been one that thinks that the function of an instrument is to approach the purity of voice or the structure of a beautifully sung line.
Remarkable only the very best arrangers can get a sound like that from four horns
Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution. But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records to understand the significance of the earlier records!
We all listened to a lot of recorded music, especially American jazz, modern jazz, and that's where our studies were and our inspiration came from.
If I think about the way I was drawn into the music, it was much more by recordings than by live performances.
I think the voice does that perfectly adequately without being imitated by other instruments.
Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days.
A kind of synthesis, but with some elements that perhaps you wouldn't have expected in advance. I always like that when that happens, when something comes that is more than the sum of the parts.
In my mind these two instruments speak to me in different ways, and the solo stuff seems to be easier to do on the soprano.
Of course I knew the work of Roland Kirk and Harry Carney and the specific uses they would make of circular breathing, so I knew it was physically possible.
To speak about notation as the only way that you can guarantee structure of course is already very suspect.
There's an institution here called the National Sound Archive, and there's a character who works there, Paul Wilson. He takes a very special interest in the history of the music and advised Martin Davidson of the existence of these tapes.
I've been to the studio several times, and it's not that I'm not happy with what I've got, but each time I come away, I feel that I've learned something that I want to work on.
Of course when people are as talented as Jim O'Rourke or Gene Coleman, pretty soon you know that they're going to be part of the bigger scene anyway.
So I'm looking to the saxophone as a resource which has its own unique set of possibilities. I'm looking to exploit them and develop them and have the fullest range of possibilities of the saxophone be known.
So in the sense that we were all dealing with that freer approach, yes, it was certainly one of the first contacts, perhaps the first contact, when Peter came that summer. So it's a very pivotal moment that is documented there.
I'd met Roscoe in Europe quite a few times over the years, and we'd say hi and so on, but this was the first time we'd actually played together.
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