I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others.
Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.
Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano.
The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.
I've performed solo for 20 years now, but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone, you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.
The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.
I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with.
To me, there is spirit in a reed. It's a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It's really an ancient vibration.
It starts with a single sound. If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.
Play difficult and interesting things. If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite. Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same.
I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
I've always been extremely lucky in playing with great people who knew much more than I did. That's how I got from there to here.
I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
It's very important to go through periods where you sound just rotten and you know it, and you have to persevere or give up.
Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.