Take Five with Julian Waterfall Pollack
John Coltrane, Giant Steps;
Brad Mehldau, Art of the Trio, Volume 4: Back at the Village Vanguard;
The Beatles, Rubber Soul;
J.S. Bach, 48 Preludes and Fugues.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
It's great! So much great music out there right now. Everyone is always saying that jazz is dead. Well, if that's the case, it's been dead. Jazz is deep and if you know something about it, you'll appreciate it. The more you know about it the more you love it. At least that's my experience.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Keep people informed. Try to let them in somehow. Don't cater to themshow them. It's difficult though. There's an element of jazz that is very "heady." That turns certain people off. I love it. As a matter of fact that's why I like art music: there's something to think about emotionally and intellectually.
What is in the near future?
The release of my new record is right around the corner. I'll be touring with my trio as well as with other acts. I look forward to a bunch of performances this summer as well as some serious sun-tanning.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Nothing else. Music is the only option.
Courtesy of Nicholas Wilson