I would go to the library and borrow scoresâ€¨by all those great composers, like Stravinsky,â€¨Alban Berg, Prokofiev. I wanted to see whatâ€¨was going on in all of music. Knowledge isâ€¨freedom and ignorance is slavery, and I justâ€¨couldn’t believe someone could be that closeâ€¨to freedom and not take advantage of it.
It was because of Bill [Evans]’s influence, Iâ€¨think, that I always had classical music onâ€¨around the house. It was so soothing to thinkâ€¨and work by. I mean people would come byâ€¨and expect to hear a lot of jazz on the box,â€¨but I wasn’t into that at the time and a lot of peopleâ€¨were shocked to hear me listening to classicalâ€¨music all the time, you know, Stravinsky, Arturoâ€¨Michelangeli, Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern.
I don’t like to hear someone put down dixieland. Those people who say there’s no music but bop are just stupid; it shows how much they don’t know.
You cant play nothing on modern trumpet that doesn’t come from him, (Louis Armstrong) not even modern shit. I can’t even remember a time when he sounded bad playing the trumpet. Never. Not even one time. He had great feeling up in his playing and he always played on the beat. I just loved the way he played and sang
Photo Â© Jamie Parslow, 1970