A first love always occupies a special place.
It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music.
I wish that person outside would stop coughing.
Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.
I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically.
I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double.
Sound is the first thing that we tune into.
As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz.
After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal.
Names and theoretical things don't occur to me. If they do, I'm not doing my real playing mode.
I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
I'd like to feel that whatever I play is a result of whatever I've heard.
Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which I think are great from all the periods.
We all learn from each other, and I never really hung out with guys in that way, so I missed out.
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