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.
You know, when I'm playing, I think of myself in front of the Wailing Wall with a saxophone in my hands, and I'm davening, I'm really telling it to the Wall.
I practiced saxophone eight hours a day for the first two years I played.
The value of jazz still has to be clarified. People involve themselves with its superficialities without digging for its soul.
There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. they are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence.
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.
My life is music, and in some vague, mysterious and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often - in fact, mostly - at the expense of everything else in my life.
A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas.
If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it's like the human voice.
You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.
Last Update: 5 October 2022
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