As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it's like the human voice.
I played in rhumba bands, mickey mouse bands; all kinds of bands.
The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.
A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas.
You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you.
We made records to document ourselves, not to sell a lot of records. I still feel that way. I put out a record because I think it's beautiful, not necessarily commercial.
My dark sound could be heard across a room clearer than somebody with a reedy sound. It had more projection. My sound always seemed to fill a room.
You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.
I appreciate men like Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins very much.
Records used to be documents, but now record companies want product.
I came from an era when we didn't use electronic instruments. The bass wasn't even amplified. The sound was the sound you got.
Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn't have a choice.
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