As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz.
Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another.
After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which I think are great from all the periods.
A first love always occupies a special place.
I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically.
I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double.
Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music.
It's very demanding to make up your own music.
I just completed a tour in Europe. I played every night. This requires traveling some days for six hours in a van or a train or a car. After six weeks of that, I checked into the hotel and just fell apart.
I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor, G seven, but I really don't want to know that. I just want to know that there's a combination of notes that makes a sound.
Sound is the first thing that we tune into.
Labels don't mean anything to me. I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to. If they want to call that cool, that's fine. Just spell the name right, is the formula.