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A kind of synthesis, but with some elements that perhaps you wouldn't have expected in advance. I always like that when that happens, when something comes that is more than the sum of the parts.
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Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days.
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But I think the record will actually come from tapes that are not yet recorded.
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Certain kinds of speed, flow, intensity, density of attacks, density of interaction... Music that concentrates on those qualities is, I think, easier achieved by free improvisation between people sharing a common attitude, a common language.
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I think it's a great document of John Stevens' originality. At that time he was already much more fully formed in his conception than I was. I was sort of struggling to keep up, and sometimes it's pretty obvious.
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I think the solo playing, the decision to start playing solo, came out of having discovered what lay behind the doors that that technique opened for me.
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I think the voice does that perfectly adequately without being imitated by other instruments.
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I think the whole question of meaning in music is difficult enough even if you hear me playing live right now in the same room! What I mean and what you take from it may be two quite different things anyway.
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I'd met Roscoe in Europe quite a few times over the years, and we'd say hi and so on, but this was the first time we'd actually played together.
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I've been to the studio several times, and it's not that I'm not happy with what I've got, but each time I come away, I feel that I've learned something that I want to work on.
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I've never been one that thinks that the function of an instrument is to approach the purity of voice or the structure of a beautifully sung line.
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If I think about the way I was drawn into the music, it was much more by recordings than by live performances.
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Improvisation is a compositional method.
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In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were developed in order to test the theory about how long particular elements could be, as parts of so-called free improvisations.
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In my mind these two instruments speak to me in different ways, and the solo stuff seems to be easier to do on the soprano.
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It's not like, I don't know, if Madonna has a new record out, then everybody from Bangkok to Birmingham knows what its called and can buy it the same week. But our stuff is not in that mass market.
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Of course I knew the work of Roland Kirk and Harry Carney and the specific uses they would make of circular breathing, so I knew it was physically possible.
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Of course when people are as talented as Jim O'Rourke or Gene Coleman, pretty soon you know that they're going to be part of the bigger scene anyway.
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So I'm looking to the saxophone as a resource which has its own unique set of possibilities. I'm looking to exploit them and develop them and have the fullest range of possibilities of the saxophone be known.
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So in the sense that we were all dealing with that freer approach, yes, it was certainly one of the first contacts, perhaps the first contact, when Peter came that summer. So it's a very pivotal moment that is documented there.
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So what starts is ad hoc and you never know where it's going to lead, so it's important to keep an open mind about those things.
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The argument we always used to use was that keeping records in the catalog was good for people that were coming new to the music, but I think that was talking over a ten year or fifteen year time span.
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The HotHouse was packed with a very enthusiastic audience, and it seemed to me that Roscoe was very inspired. It was great for me to play with him.
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There are many of these apparent philosophical paradoxes or contradictions which don't concern me anymore.
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There's an institution here called the National Sound Archive, and there's a character who works there, Paul Wilson. He takes a very special interest in the history of the music and advised Martin Davidson of the existence of these tapes.
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Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution. But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records to understand the significance of the earlier records!
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To speak about notation as the only way that you can guarantee structure of course is already very suspect.
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We all listened to a lot of recorded music, especially American jazz, modern jazz, and that's where our studies were and our inspiration came from.
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When you add a period of 25 years between the playing and the listening, then the whole question of meaning gets very complicated.
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You know, the whole philosophy of ad hoc combinations has its strengths and its weaknesses.
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