This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.
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.
Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.
You start way down on a low B flat on the tuba and you have a chromatic scale; you can match the colours all the way up, till you get to the top of the trumpet.
I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.
If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.
In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.
The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.
When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.
You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.
The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don't have much point in the orchestra.
Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.
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