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This interview is part of the book project “under your skin" which will include Interviews with: Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Cindy Blackman, Taj Mahal, Yusef Lateef, Matt Waugh, Bob James, Skip Mcdonald, Erika Stucky, Living Colour, Dj Rob Swift, Marilyn Crispell, Dick Griffin, Bill frisell, KutMasta Kurt, Billy Bang, Kahil El'Zabar, Michael Ricci / Allaboutjazz.com, Val-Inc, Chico Freeman, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Dinosaur Jr, Lydia Lunch, Jack Dejohnette, Zakarya, Fred Frith, Elliot Sharp, Public Enemy, Blixa Bargeld ( Einstuerzende Neubauten ), Mouse on Mars, Esperanza Spalding, Isaku Kageyama, Roy Ayres, Billy Cobham, The Captain, Enzo Rocco, Vijay Iyer, Sam Rivers, Kronos Quartet and many others.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.