You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others.
Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.
I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
I've performed solo for 20 years now, but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone, you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.
Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.
To me, there is spirit in a reed. It's a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It's really an ancient vibration.
Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with.
It starts with a single sound. If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.
Play difficult and interesting things. If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite. Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same.
Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.
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