1. Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.

  2. In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.

  3. 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.

  4. I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.

  5. When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn. Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly.

  6. The saxophone is a very interesting machine, but I'm more interested in music.

  7. Register is very important. Music sounds best in a certain register.

  8. I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good, so complete.

  9. If you have music you want to play that no one asks you to play, you have to go out and find where you can play it. It's called do or die.

  10. Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.


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