Whatcha thinkin’ there, Sonny?

Op 19 februari 2007 publiceerde de Toronto Globe and Mail een interview dat J.D. Considine afnam van Sonny Rollins: Whatcha thinkin’ there, Sonny?.

“A lot of people ask me, ‘What do you think about when you improvise?’ ” says saxophonist Sonny Rollins, over the phone from his home in upstate New York. “Well, I came up with a good answer recently, which is that you can’t think and play at the same time.”

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“But you know, I try to practise a lot, which I do,” he says. “And the elements I need – the song we’re playing, the chord structure, the harmony and melody – I try to internalize that. And after doing that, then I try to let the music take over – because the music is happening too fast any way – until you can’t play and think at the same time.”

Daar zit zo een grote levensles in, ergens.

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