Take Five With James Armstrong
Instrument(s): Piano, drums.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I first heard the Horace Silver Quintet at Keystone Korner, in 1978. At the time, Silver was working on more open forms like "The Aztec Sun God," which really knocked me out; highly polytonal and rhythmic.
Your sound and approach to music: Although George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept introduced me to pan-tonality, I don't always strive for those effects in performance. Still, musical content remains very important to me; form alone is not sufficient. I listen to a lot of music by Bartók, Busoni, and Andrew Hill, whose music is strongly content-based. My new solo session is a good example of these tendencies; how the past affects time present.
What is in the near future? Rhapsody and Dedication CDs will be available soon. For now, check out the new website streams and downloads.