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A lot of people think of drummers as the foundation of the rhythm section. I would actually say in this group that's not the case.
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And then some people are going to say, 'Well, you're saying that it's codified.' No, it's not codified, because actually in a certain way what we're dealing with is very fresh.
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And when you really look at it, it is in a sense easy to digest, even though his music wasn't easy to digest for people back then.
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Braxton had to create kind of a persona and a character about him just to survive.
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Bud Powell's probably the biggest influence on my piano playing.
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But how could you not like Cage's energy? He's an American original of sorts. And he's funny. You know, what more can you ask from somebody?
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Ellington was somebody who played with a dance band. I mean, he got his start in little society bands around Washington, DC. And, you know, the basic goal was to play dance performances.
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Elvin Jones could come into the group and he would have to adjust to us.
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Everybody's just trying to get paid.
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He has something different and it should be interesting to see how it grows. I can't predict exactly where it's going to go.
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His name, even, is part of the marketing scheme, I mean, Thelonious Sphere Monk - how can you think of a better name to fit his style of playing?
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How you go about putting a section together definitely determines the character of it. Depending on the character you're looking at, the methodology is different all the time.
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I approach the music as music, not as the various genres. So I'm not trying to make a music that's a mixture of this or that, but a lot of this or that is in it.
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I basically said, let's work out some minimalistic variations, keep African music in mind.
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I came up with something knowing that in a performance of this piece, this accidentally happened once two years ago and he reacted that way.
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I can imagine an utter hatred for the jazz avant-garde.
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I do think that, if you look at what Coltrane recorded within the idiom of the avant-garde - I mean, it's really hard to say what is avant-garde in Coltrane.
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I don't know what you call that. You could it persistence, you can call it narcissism, you could call it genius, you could call it - just like they're not even aware.
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I feel I bring a lot to the table as far as what I've been influenced by and what I like.
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I guess what it comes down to is, my music is different: the way I write, the way I compose, the way I deal with dynamics, the way I organize the other players in my group is just different.
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I have no psychological need for that. Roscoe seems to be someone that wants to document everything he does. I don't subscribe to that view.
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I know of cases of like, Coltrane being played for John Cage and he just wasn't dealing. They're worlds and worlds apart.
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I like people not being able to be pigeon-holed.
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I personally have grown up listening to a lot of different things and have been influenced by a lot of different things.
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I scripted a piano part knowing he would probably react similarly. It was actually pretty interesting, because it worked!
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I see myself related to Monk in that he's kind of the father of the iconoclastic, 'screw the world' school of piano playing, which is what I fit in.
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I think one thing about my playing is that I'm hypersensitive about phrasing and line.
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I would say in that particular group, the sonic landscape, the concept of the rhythm section in that group is one that has been developed over a decade, and it's pretty solid.
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I would say that the sound world created between the intersection of William's bass and my piano is completely unprecedented in music history. That's a completely original sound world.
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I, first of all, as a pianist, I see myself coming out of the Duke Ellington pyramid of piano playing, which Monk comes out of.
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I'm just coming from a different space. I'm a different generation.
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I'm trying to think of the exact term to say where I'm coming from, but I'm good at it.
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If you listen to Albert Ayler, you hear folk songs, you hear elements of traditional jazz on some of his earlier albums, you hear folk melodies, you hear spirituals.
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If you listen to Coltrane you'll hear Indian music, African music, along with his obvious underpinnings in jazz.
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In Monk's case, you have this iconoclastic pianist whose attitude is, 'Screw the world, I do my own music.' He has a certain look.
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It cannot exist and it's just that simple. Those tuxedos they wear when they play choke the life out of the music. It can't exist in that environment and it's just that simple.
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It's all a piece, so I think it's easy to digest the image, because as a whole - except for hardcore music listeners - people don't buy music for the music.
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It's all a piece: the way Monk walks, the way he looks, his name, his whole iconoclastic, existential piano playing that gives him the whole mode of being that he takes.
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It's hard for me to precisely define those things, but I would say that his group is music coming out of the tenor tradition.
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It's interesting because on one level it's like a calculated marketing image; on another level they're dealing with something that's actually organic and part of a piece.
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It's just part of the mechanism of age.
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Language doesn't need any of our protection - it's what it is; it will manifest itself for whatever reasons it chooses to.
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Musical language is an alive force. And given that as it is, I think anybody, anachronisms - anything is allowed. I mean, this is an open world.
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Musicians have to really create an envelope or a way for people to feel comfortable approaching them.
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On another level John Coltrane is, too - somebody that seemed to have a real utter sense of what the forces are that allow them to define who they were as a recording and performing artist.
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Once you have been through a struggle and you get somewhere, then you really are, like, bathing in the warm water of who you are and you just don't want to come out of that nice warm water.
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One thing is that our pulse moves at a very rapid level through space.
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People come from a certain generation and a certain whole way of looking at things, and you really do become a prisoner of your own world.
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So that elements of the different things that are part of me are synthesizing naturally. Therefore, for some people it might be harder to pigeonhole.
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Somebody can come along today that could truly be, for some mysterious reason, tied into that old life force that made music what it was in the Forties, and they could do that with verve.
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Sometimes I come out with a violin line written and I improvise the accompaniment. Some things are totally improvised, some things are totally written.
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Sometimes one part is completely written and everything else is improvised.
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The actual landscape is generated from myself and William, so the drummer is an added appendage.
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The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk - that is confrontational. That's just a part of the language of jazz - at a certain point.
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The language doesn't need any of our protection.
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The majority of people don't really buy music for the sound of it; they buy it for whatever is around it.
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Their music is going to be unique. And if their music is good then it's going to become the communication of who they are in the realm that they're exploring.
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Thelonious Sphere Monk: there's not a more perfect name to fit his compositions than that name.
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Then it all comes down to communication because they're going to be really able to communicate who they are.
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There's a saying that the hangers you hang clothes on are sometimes more important than the clothes that you hang on them.
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There's no resistance with anyone of my age group.
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There's not a system that you can teach in school.
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There's the need in my father's generation to have credibility in the eyes of Caucasians, by saying, 'I'm well educated.'
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They didn't play with the control, because I don't think they had the safety nets that we do.
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They understood what it meant to be in the studio, what it meant to be on-stage, as separate but related entities, and they really understood how to manipulate their image to the world.
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Usually a drummer's style does kind of dictate how we interact with him, but the basic concept of the rhythm section is already established.
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We live in a very academic society. I can understand how somebody is socialized to react that way.
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We're all human beings out here, trying to make ourselves happy in our own lifestyle with the decisions we make in life, trying to get paid so we can live a comfortable lifestyle.
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What makes bebop legitimate is the fact that when it was done, it was illegitimate.
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What was once an open park becomes a prison, and that's just by the nature of it.
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When you look at the people he read, just where he comes from, the whole kind of space-age mythology he represents is just something I relate to a lot.
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When you look at the whole image, it's really easy to get the idea of this piano player, you know, if he looks a certain way. 'The Mad Monk' and his crazy piano and his weird chords.
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You can take any language as having its own subconscious life force and it knows where to go and where not to go.
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You know, the thing about John Cage I like more than his music is the fact that when it comes to music, Morton Feldman I like a lot more.
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You know, you have to have a whole marketing image to present. And that's a perfect example, 'The Mad Monk,' that whole thing, is actually a perfect marketing image.
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You often wonder where the energy for someone to make the decisions that they make comes from.
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You're always looking for a deeper thing that ties everything together.
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