Everyone goes through the ups and downs of living - fretting about the future, worrying about what happened. Music teaches us how to be in the moment.
In regard to music, I just think that it's always best to have an attitude of being a perpetual student and always look to learn something new about music, because there's always something new to learn. Don't dismiss something out of hand because you think it's either beneath you or outside of the realm of where your interests lie.
Music is like an open sky. You know it's out there... and there you are.
Jazz music by its very nature is just a conglomerate of a lot of different kinds of music.
As a melody instrument player, it's all about getting from one note to the next, and those intervals and how you navigate your way through these vertical structures of chords. You realize that everything's moving forward, and it's all linear.
Jazz music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. Especially jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama out of it.
When you have an acoustic bass in the ensemble it really changes the dynamic of the record because it kind of forces everybody to play with a greater degree of sensitivity and nuance because it just has a different kind of tone and spectrum than the electric bass.
Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there's just no outlet, there's no venue for it, in terms of media.
Its all about finding the right note at the right place and knowing when to leave well enough alone. And that's a lifelong quest.
Music is just kind of an expression of who I am. It's what I do.
My drummer, Gene Lake, is Oliver Lake's son. So I certainly have wide tastes, in not only what I listen to, but what I play as well.
When you're on stage, unless you surrender to the moment, you're not telling the truth. I look for people that tell me the truth.
I became a musician because I love music, and that is what has sustained me; it's not because I thought it was a great way to make a living. Music saved my life.
In regard to music, I just think that it's always best to have an attitude of being a perpetual student and always look to learn something new about music, because there's always something new to learn.
I always wanna be in the process of evolving and growing.
I kinda always wanted to be a tenor player, but I'm a small guy, and tenor was just too big.
I think that, given a real choice, people would like to hear something interesting, not something bland and right down the middle.
I think, in a lot of ways, it's easier to play a smaller room. You can exploit the quieter dynamics you would shy away from in larger venues.
I try to do things that keep me interested. And play music that moves me. I like to move around and play in a lot of different ways.
Ninety-nine percent of the music that was of any interest to me when I was growing up came out of the black community.