I got bored with the old way – it came too easy. I worked until I could play any chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said ‘What else is there?’ Now I’m finding out.
I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass.
If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.