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A lot of players do listen to the bass, but most guys listen more, say, to the drums.
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Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.
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Actually, when I was very young, first starting to play, I think I probably listened more to clarinet players than to saxophones.
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And the other thing we do: we periodically have softball games with the band, because they're all baseball nuts that helps to keep the spirit alive.
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Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.
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But it's been kind of a sequence of events you know those sorts of things: you meet people and things happen, without thinking about it.
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Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.
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I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.
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I really never thought that I would write for the orchestra - I didn't feel like I could do it.
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I started on clarinet, actually, and the next instrument I wanted was a baritone.
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I would think, of all the saxophones, the baritone would be the most logical instrument if anybody was adding a voice to the symphony orchestra.
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I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.
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I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.
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I've appeared on some other people's albums.
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If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.
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In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
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In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you.
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It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.
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Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
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New York is still where I live most of the time.
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Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.
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One of the drawbacks is always having a minimal amount of rehearsal time it's a great luxury, being so expensive.
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Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra.
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People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy.
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People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.
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So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.
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Take Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster - they're not Dixieland players at all; but what they are, what they have a sense of, is the ensemble player.
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The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.
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The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.
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The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don't have much point in the orchestra.
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The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying such incredible success in the pop field.
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The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.
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Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.
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This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.
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When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.
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When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
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Yes - I love to write for the orchestra.
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Yes you know, some years I do a lot of dates and a world tour with the big band; and then the next year we'll probably only do a handful of dates.
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You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.
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You start way down on a low B flat on the tuba and you have a chromatic scale; you can match the colours all the way up, till you get to the top of the trumpet.
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