The six years I was with Miles, we never talked about music. We never had a rehearsal. Jazz shouldn’t have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that’s required to sound like jazz. For me, the word ‘jazz’ means, 'I dare you.’ The effort to break out of something is worth more than getting an A in syncopation.
You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life.
1. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’ (1958) 2. Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones (1962) 3. Larry Young - Unity (1966) 4. Joe Henderson - Our Thing (1964) 5. Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else (1958) 6. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (1965) 7. Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1963) 8. Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer (1979, recorded 1965) 9. Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960) 10. Andrew Hill - Black Fire (1964)