June 14, 2024


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Interview with Steve Coleman: I don’t … Music is the same as life for me: Video

Jazz interview with saxophonist, a bit stupid and not understanding much Steve Coleman. Judge for yourself, all answers start: I don’t know … An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?

Steve Coleman: – I started playing first violin then saxophone in my high school band. I did not think that I would be very interested in music, but as time went on I became more interested.

JBN: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?

SC: – I’m not sure how to answer this question. I simply kept doing whatever I was interested in. I did not think about how my sound would evolve. The sound just followed the ideas that I was interested in. Of course everyone has people who they are influenced by, and in my case the Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman influences my sound a lot.

JBN: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?

SC: – I don’t have any routine. I just try to work on whatever ideas I have. I am not a regimented practicer. I do work specifically on melody, rhythm, form and tonality. Again, I listen to a lot of rhythmic music and I experiment with rhythms.

JBN: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?

SC: – I don’t worry about what other people think. I follow my own passions.

JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?

SC: – I don’t prepare just before performance. All the preparation is done at home, visualizing, practicing, etc.

Music is the same as life for me. I don’t do anything special to prepare for a performance, outside of technical warmup stuff.

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JBN: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

SC: – I don’t know. I don’t understand this question.

JBN: – There are special schools for those who do not understand, if you do not understand this question and in general, you have not understood the nature of the interview, when all the questions are around this question.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; you’re okay with giving the people what they want?

SC: – I don’t usually know what the people want. I am trying to communicate with people, not just play whatever they want.

JBN: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

SC: – I don’t know how to answer this. My entire life is music.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?

SC: – I don’t think about “jazz”. And I don’t really care if young people are interested in what they call jazz or not. My focus is on creating music, not playing so-called jazz. Young people should follow whatever they are interested in.

JBN: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?

SC: – I cannot answer this question. I don’t understand this question.

JBN: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

SC: – That everyone would be more honest and truthful. This is true in music, and outside of music. There are a LOT of dishonest people in the world, people who fake and pretend that they are honest.

Also, it would be great if there was less politics in music, and decisions in the music business,, but is should be based on music.

JBN: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?

SC: – Recently, Von Freeman.

JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?

SC: – The music is the sound of our lives, expressed as music. And we are communicating. But I could be communicating about anything, so there is no one message.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?

SC: – 1940s, to hang out with Charlie Parker – 1960s to hang out with John Coltrane.

JBN: – I have been asking you so far, now may I have a question from yourself…

SC: – Do you perform music yourself? How much preparation do you do before you interview a musician.

JBN: – SS: – No, I don’t play, I’m a musicologist, a jazz Critic, expert. And before the interview, I listen to all the new CDs. The interview is about the musician’s intelligence, a musician without intelligence is a problem. And I invite quality and intellectual musicians to the big jazz festivals I organize in Eastern European countries.

JBN: – So putting that all together, how are you able to harness that now?

SC: – I don’t understand this question.

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