Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with.
Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work.
You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good.
When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
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.
I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
People don't want to suffer. They want to sound good immediately, and this is one of the biggest problems in the world.
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