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Each one of those songs has a story about how it was written.
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Everyone just learned what note was E and which note was F. That is just plain old learning to speak a language.
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Fancy Chamber Music is still alive.
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First guy that was driving to New York, I just hopped in the car and ended up with absolutely no money in New York City.
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For five years, I was flailing at the keyboard trying to play without borders, without parameters. I think now those years were a bit wasted.
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Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad. I wanted to be like that.
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I accumulated pieces written for classical musicians. Once the pieces were played, I never heard them again.
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I didn't value life that much. It was fun.
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I don't enjoy traveling in America. I don't like the food, the cars. It is not exotic enough. It all tastes a bit like airline food.
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I don't need much coaxing.
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I don't think you can ever regain your ignorance.
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I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.
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I heard Ornette for the first time, and it just changed my life.
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I indicate how ridiculous it is for someone as happy as me to be writing a blues.
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I just got to hear every note. After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery. In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen. I was probably the world's best listener.
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I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out.
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I still prefer the bebop of the '40s. The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me. I have come full circle.
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I write all the time. Right now I'm trying to write only big band music.
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I write very slowly.
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I'm doing a big band event with a radio orchestra in Hamburg. I'm working hard to finish another. Slowly I'm accumulating the amount of material I need for another big band album.
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I'm finished with the organ absolutely. As soon as I learned how to play the piano I didn't want to play the organ any more.
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I'm mostly working in Europe, unless I want to work for a small amount of money and stay at a Howard Johnson or something, which I don't want to do.
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I'm never going to play duets again. It's something I really hate to do.
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I'm not a player. I'm a writer, so the music I wrote, although it was for free players, was pretty good.
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I'm spoiled. I like to write what I am interested in at the moment, for whatever format I'm interested in. For the next two years, I will be exclusively writing for big band.
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I've never felt it was OK to write a serious blues so I've always named my blues something that got me off the hook.
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If I write a tune for any of my bands before I commit it to the score, I write a reduction of it to see if it sounds right.
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In the 60's and 70's there was an interesting political landscape.
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In the Deep South, you can eat. You really can eat in the South, Southeast, Southwest, they have some really beautiful food there.
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It is just two people on a stage. I like to be surrounded by a lot of bodyguards, so I'm going to have a big band full of big, tough players. I want some protection.
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It is very hard to work in America. I doubt that I will get any further south then the Canadian border.
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It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.
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Lionel Hampton, his whole band went into the audience and looked like they were having a good time. Nobody had to sit up straight. It was just really relaxing.
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Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving.
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Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between. There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it. I am zeroing in on what I do best.
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Modern Jazz Quartet absolutely knocked me over. I just loved them. They were polite and sitting up straight and I felt a little bit more comfortable.
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My favorite composer now is Charles Warren, and that's pretty advanced, compared with Abide with Me.
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My piano playing sticks out like a sore thumb. Since I'm not a fast player, it's very hard to cover all the musical territory I should with my fingers.
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My second influence was hearing my father play an Edvard Grieg piano concerto very badly at home.
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One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded Sing Me Softly of the Blues and Ad Infinitum.
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Playing free was not quite that deep. And if somebody really good wasn't doing it, it was really bad.
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The best stuff I'm doing is for big band. There's a lot more voices, and it's more complicated.
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The big band is more challenging. I should stick to that. There's less competition. A lot of people write great music for small bands, but very few write great big band music.
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The smallest band I'm going to work with is the trio because then I have a lot more help.
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There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world, and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
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We decided we only wanted to work in the Caribbean. That was a big laugh. Instead we had to go to Europe and play regular Van Heusen.
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When I got interested in jazz, I felt like I had stepping stones that were very close together.
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When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
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When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
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When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing, you have 12 people to play the richest, fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
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You can see that I wasn't having any fun, the pictures that go with it, the photographs. It talks about bad food and people and nosey photographers.
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You just sit down and write something, and you have to form a band of a new sort in order to play it.
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You like to think you can write for any group of people at any time, but sometimes you get an idea that doesn't work for the group you're trying to write for.
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You sure wouldn't have to think twice about being influenced by the Beatles.
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You're not always lucky enough to have a fantasy or a romantic situation.
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