Jazz interview with a bad musician, as if guitarist, problematic person Chuck Anderson. An interview by email in writing.
JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?
Chuck Anderson: – I grew up in Chicago, Illinois but then moved to suburban Philadelphia. I began playing at the age of 14 with a gift of a neighbor’s old guitar. I had no interest in music until I learned to play an Em chord. From that, I took lessons and have been with the guitar ever since.
JBN: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?
CHA: – I learned and explored everything I could. Those sounds that appealed to me ultimately shaped my sound.
JBN: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?
CHA: – I don’t have a routine at this point. I developed a rhythm organization called Modular Phonetic Rhythm which I continue to use to develop rhythm. This material is available in Chuck’s Store at www.ChuckAndersonJazzGuitar.com
JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?
CHA: – I do not specifically prepare for performances in that I am always prepared.
JBN: – Ism is culled from a variety of lives dates with various performers over the course of a few years. Did your sound evolve during that time? And how did you select the musicians who play on the album?
CHA: – I have focused exclusively on original writing. The evolution is more compositional than performance. The musicians have been with me for over 10 years. They were selected for their flexibility, creative vision, and passion for music.
JBN: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?
CHA: – I don’t relate music to spirit.
JBN: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?
CHA: – More support for jazz especially in the US. More venues presenting jazz.
Interview by Simon Sargsyan