Whether it's string writing or whatever, I try to write for what each instrumentalist can do best.
Not with the Rochester Philharmonic, but I formed my own orchestra, made up of musicians from the Eastman School, where I'm on the faculty now, direct the Jazz Ensemble and teach improvisation classes.
In 1994, I started touring again and I recorded two albums for Chesky Jazz.
I am glad that I wrote something that brought joy to millions of people.
Brazilian music has many of the ingredients that I strive for in my own music: Strong melodies and a disciplined but intense rhythmic concept, and interesting harmonies.
I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
I tend to not want to put labels or categories on the music, only because people come with preconceived ideas about what they're going to hear, or won't come for this reason.
A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove. If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful.
Music is meant to be a beautiful thing.
My brother had a big band in high school; after that we continued to play together, eventually forming a group called the Jazz Brothers, that recorded for Riverside Records.
Last Update: 8 February 2023
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